Yankees Reach Agreement With Freddy Garcia

The Yankees have agreed to sign Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link).  The deal will pay Garcia $1.5MM if he makes the Major League roster, and the total value of the contract could be worth $5.1MM if Garcia reaches all his start-based incentive plateaus, up to 30 starts.  Garcia is represented by Peter Greenberg.

Garcia, 35, expressed his preference to pitch for the Yankees earlier this week, saying it would be "an inspiration" to pitch in the pressurized environments of both New York and the AL East.  The Mets, Orioles and White Sox all showed some degree of interest in Garcia this winter, though Garcia ruled out a return to Chicago earlier today.

The veteran right-hander posted a 4.64 ERA, 1.98 K/BB ratio and a 40.7% ground ball rate in 28 starts with the White Sox last season.  Garcia threw 157 Major League innings in 2010 — he pitched in just 129 innings combined over the prior three seasons due to nagging shoulder injuries.

Garcia joins the likes of Bartolo Colon, Ivan Nova, Andrew Brackman, Sergio Mitre and even Mark Prior in the battle for the final two starting spots in the Yankee rotation.  This competition could be limited to just the number five spot, of course, should Andy Pettitte announce his return.


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285 Comments on "Yankees Reach Agreement With Freddy Garcia"


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Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

In before some moron says this will put the Yankees over the top.

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Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

In before some fool says this will put the Yankees over the top.

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PJaysW
4 years 5 months ago

Liek thank gawd they got this here move done signed here. I wuz startin’ to get worry som’n fierce they wuldnt sign no none impact arms this here offseason righ here

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InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah!! What he said!

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4 years 5 months ago

I hate to break this to y’all, but the Yanks are going to be just fine this year.

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BoomDizzle
4 years 5 months ago

Will they win the World Series? Because that is all that counts for the Yankees.

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glook2
4 years 5 months ago

If you ain’t first, you’re last.

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MFH
4 years 5 months ago

I can’t wait to see everyone we signed not play in the majors at all this season.

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Gregory
4 years 5 months ago

No chance he makes the team.. Ivan Nova is likely ahead of him on depth charts.

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Nova is in the rotation regardless. The battle is basically for the 5th spot.

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4 years 5 months ago

Minor league deal…no risk high reward

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0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

He has a career 109 ERA+, could you elaborate on where the high reward is? Low risk/high reward is Justin Duchscherer to the O’s on cheap money. This is “invite as many people to ST as possible and hope one of them doesn’t stink up the joint.”

Don’t get me wrong, the risk is minimal (That risk being he could cost them a game or two if he makes the team), but Garcia hasn’t pitched 200+ innings since 2006, and that was at pretty mediocre numbers. There is no “high reward” in this situation.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

This IS a low risk/high reward signing. The level of reward and expectations vary depending on the player and the risk. You reall are arguing semantics.

Case 1= Brandon Webb, signed @ $3 mil guaranteed on 25 man roster has one level of expectation based on his past.

Case 2= Garcia was signed to a minor lge contract that will guarantee him $1.5 mil if he made the ream. WHat’s expected of him? No more than what he did last year. 150 IP and a 4.75 FIP or lower.

Funny that you mention Garcia hasn’t pitched 200 IP since 2006 and use Duchscherer as an example of a low risk/high reqrd signing. He hasn’tpitched 30 inning TOTAL since……2008. He has never pitched more than 145 innings in his entire carerr. He IS a low risk/high reward signing as well but I think you should expect less from him as a starter than you would from Garcia.

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0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

I’m sorry if this seems like semantics, but if I buy a powerball ticket for a buck and the jackpot is twenty bucks, it’d nice and all to hit that, but it’s still not high reward, regardless of where my expectations have been set.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Most investors would consider a 200% return in an investment a great deal. You have to get over the idea that a minor lge signing isn’t a high reward unless they post above average production.

Baseball signings are a poor comparison to a lottery pick. Most GMs have reasonable expectations and know what a player’s best case and worst case scenarios are probably going to be. If Garcia put up a year similar to that in 2010 w/ 150 IP and a 4.50 to 4.75 FIP then chances are he has met Cashman’s highest expectations.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Meant 2,000% return.

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MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I’ll say medium reward at best