TODAY: SI.com’s Jon Heyman says that line about Garcia just visiting friends may be a cover. That’s because Garcia brought his agents with him and went to Omar Minaya’s office. So this apparently had a business element after all. Heyman adds that two or three other clubs are interested, with the Yankees an option given Garcia’s apparent affinity for New York. If he’s throwing well on June 1st I predict the rumors will involve ten plus teams.
2-20-08: The New York Post is reporting that the Mets will not sign free agent Freddy Garcia. Earlier today Jon Heyman had reported that the Mets were meeting with Garcia. Omar Minaya stated that Garcia was just in camp to meet with Johan Santana and Pedro Martinez, with whom Garcia is friends.