Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yanks Sign Freddy Garcia

The Yankees signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor-league deal yesterday, thus adding him to a roster of pitchers who will be competing for the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation.

We took a look here at Bomber Boulevard on Freddy Garcia's stats and illustrated his effectiveness with some graphs back in December, when word first came that the Yankees had interest in him. So, I'm not going to bother giving you the rundown on Garcia again; you can look here for the earlier post. What I will do is provide you with the press release of the signing from The Associated Press via boston.com:

Free agent pitcher Freddy Garcia and the New York Yankees have reached agreement on a minor league deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press last night.

The contract could be worth up to $5.1 million, the person said, and it also lets Garcia opt out by March 29.

Garcia, 35, went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts last season for the White Sox. The righthander is a two-time All-Star and has a career record of 133-87 in 12 seasons with Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit, and the White Sox.

Two weeks before spring training begins, the Yankees’ rotation remains unsettled.

New York is still waiting to hear whether 38-year-old Andy Pettitte will return for another season. CC Sabathia remains the Yankees’ ace and Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are assured spots, with Sergio Mitre and young Ivan Nova as possibilities to start. Former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon and the Yankees agreed on a minor league contract last week.

Garcia bounced back from three injury-interrupted seasons to pitch well for the White Sox last season. The Yankees got a close-up look at him when he threw seven impressive innings to beat them in Chicago Aug. 27. Garcia also lost at Yankee Stadium in late April.

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  2. Thanx Carlos. I read the article, but I have to tell you that I'm not big on Lucas Weick, the author, as he tends to write articles that have incorrect information and are based at times on ridiculous hypotheticals. Even in this article, he put Mark Prior in as one pitcher competing for a starter's position and Prior is slated for relief, always has been.

    I do agree with what he said about Gracia being the best of the bunch as his record says so, but I firmly believe that no matter what happens, Ivan Nova is in the 5-spot. Cashman alluded to it this offseason and if Garcia sticks around before his March opt-out clause, his best chance will come only if Nova turns out to be another Ian Kennedy.