For the New York Yankees, it means pitching tryouts will begin, as there are two big holes that need to be filled in the starting rotation.
Who is Freddy Garcia?
Garcia is a 35-year-old, right-handed pitcher who used to have a lot of promise. Debuting in 1999 with the Seattle Mariners, Garcia was considered one top youngster in the league. In his five seasons in Seattle, Garcia was voted to two All-Star teams, came in second for Rookie of the Year and almost won the Cy Young in 2001.
That is not the Garcia the Yankees just signed for $.1.5 million, with another $3.6M in incentives pending on number of starts he makes.
This Garcia was traded in 2004 to the White Sox and played in Chicago for the next two seasons. Then it was the Phillies in 2007, where he had season-ending surgery after going making 11 starts, winning just one and posting an ERA just shy of 6.00. In 2008, Garcia made three starts as a Detroit Tiger, before heading back to the White Sox where he pitched the last two seasons.
The only promise Garcia has shown was last season, making 28 starts, posting a 12-6 record with a 4.64 ERA over 157 innings pitched.
It’s not great but the Yankees need to weigh all their options.
Still, Garcia is not going to be the permanent solution because he doesn’t strikeout enough batters and gives up too many home-runs. The AL East, especially the Boston Red Sox, could devourer Garcia for dinner. In 2010, Garcia only had 89 strikeouts, while giving up 23 home runs.
Earlier in his career, Garcia’s home run numbers were awful but his strikeout numbers were tremendous and that provided enough of a bolster.
Garcia wants to pitch for the Yankees and says it will motivate him, which are just words for now.
Garcia is a signing that could work out, but at the very least he could hold down the fort until the trade deadline.
So, What Are the Yankees’ Other Options?
With Cashman trying to make up for a mess of an offseason, Garcia doesn’t provide much comfort for Yankees fans. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Cashman Signs Another ‘Maybe’ Pitcher Freddy Garcia’ »