The New York Yankees and pitcher Freddy Garcia had something to be thankful for, as the two sides agreed on a one-year, $4 million +incentives deal according to the New York Post; and confirmed via tweet by SI’s Jon Heyman.
Garcia made $1.5 million in 2011, and compared to other 12-game winners, the Yankees certainly got their money’s worth and then some.
Garcia made a total of 25 starts in 2011, where the team won 15 games; and in 13 of those Yankee wins Garcia pitched 6 or more innings. He posted a 3.62 ERA, giving up 16 home-runs, 45 walks, 59 earned runs, with 96 strikeouts and pitched just shy of 147 innings in total.
The 35-year old Garcia doesn’t try to live in the past when he pitches and he has adjusted himself so. He relies on throwing an arsenal of off-speed pitches to make up for his loss of speed, and it has prolonged his career.
Bringing back Garcia for 2012 almost had to happen for two reasons:
- The bleak availability in the free-agent market.
- Banuelos and Betances.
The Yankees don’t want to overpay for a starter in desperation, only to be stuck with another huge contract for god knows how many years. Garcia gives them a solid, backend starter for one season.
Don’t forget that the Yankees have two top arms being groomed down on the farm named Manuel Banuelos and Dellin Betances. One or both could be ready as early as mid-season next year, but without a doubt by 2013 if things keep moving along smoothly.
Also, rumor has it that Garcia left a two-year offer on the table from the Red Sox just to stay in the Bronx, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald had confirm that the Red Sox had interest in Freddy, so this comes as no surprise.
Neither does Garcia’s decision to don the Yankee pinstripes for another season.
- Yankees Re-Sign Freddy Garcia for 2012 (fitzandvig.com)
- Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Garcia, Yankees sign 1-year deal (nypost.com)
- MLB Free Agents 2012: Yankees, Freddy Garcia Deal a Sign of Nothing to Come? (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees Sign Freddy Garcia to 1 Year Contract (ballhyped.com)
- Yankees To Sign Freddy Garcia (mlbtraderumors.com)
- Garcia Returning to Yankees (bats.blogs.nytimes.com)