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Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 2:06 pm
Freddy Garcia

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Could the Yankees' rotation for 2012 bear a striking resemblance to 2011?

The team has agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Freddy Garcia,'s Buster Olney writes, noting the team may not add another starter -- or at least one it will count on to make its rotation. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets the deal is worth $5 million.

With Garcia's expected signing, the Yankees could pencil in a rotation of CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, Garcia and Phil Hughes. That's not too much different from 2011, although the team could still look through the scrap heap like it did last offseason when it signed Garcia and Bartolo Colon.

While the Yankees' rotation was its weak spot, it wasn't so weak that it stopped New York from winning baseball's toughest division. The team could go into the 2012 season with this rotation and look to acquire a starter at the deadline. Some of the more interesting names scheduled for free agency after the 2012 season -- meaning they could be trade bait at the deadline -- include Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano, while another group has team options, including Dan Haren, Jake Peavy, Ervin Santana, Fausto Carmona, Jorge De La Rosa, Tim Hudson and James Shields.

It will be interesting to see how the new free agency compensation rules change the way teams approach their free-agent players.

New York offered Garcia arbitration on Wednesday. The 35-year-old was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 26 games in 2011, including 25 starts. Garcia struck out 5.9 batters per nine innings (96 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings) and had a 4.36 xFIP (fielding independent pitching, normalized for park factors). He made $1.5 million in 2011.

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:37 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

The Yankees will Never, EVER, EVER, EVER trade for or sign Carl Pavano. Please...if you had any idea what you were talking about you would know this to be fact. The clubhouse would riot.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:21 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Yankees will not take the next step until they overhall the rotation. The AJ Burnett, Phil Hughs experiment should be over, but as long as we have Cashmen as GM nothing will change. 

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:04 am

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Actually not a bad signing. Garcia, dispite all his problems from the past, had a respectable year last year and could prove to be a solid starter. They still have a huge hole in depth of the overall rotation, though. Sabathia, Nova, Garcia, No Name #1, No Name #2. I'm not saying that the other starters aren't good, just not performing to "Yankee standards".

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:54 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

nynywi - you bring up a good point. Similar to the one I thought of when I read that line. The Brewers held Sabbathia for the entire "rental year" and there was a feeling there of being snubbed when the Yanks outbid them for CC in 09. It's hard to imagine the Brewers being out of the running for that division in June/July even without Fielder. Heck, the Astros are gone. The Cubs are completely rebuilding. Cards have a rookie mgr, and the Pirates haven't finished .500 since the 80s. Greinke ain't going anywhere.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:19 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

To those who are writing about Grienke, just who are the Yankees going to trade to the Brewers since they are looking to contend for a division title in a division that rarely needs a great recored to win?  Can't wait to read the answers.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:12 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:28 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Oh good, now we need just 3 mores starters to go inbewteen CC and Garcia, and 2, 3 and 4 starter, but thats it. lol

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:17 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:40 am

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

I don't think Freddy is a bad signing, as he should fill the 5th starter role pretty well compared to other teams in the league. The biggest thing in my mind is that the Yankees need to find a way to stay healthier throughout the year. They always seem to have troubles with pitching once Hughes or Burnett gets dinged up a little. Having a 6th emergency in their stacked bullpen cannot hurt. Same goes for the 3B. A-ROD needs a more consistent year of roughly 150 games healthy in order to perform as expected once October 2012 rolls around. All in all, the Yankees will be the favorite come March

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:09 am

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Now, if Cashman would just get his act together and go sign Mark Buerhle.  All he does is average 200 innings and an era right around 3.50, PLUS he's a lefty and he works quick.  Ideal for the pinstripes..but they'll probably try to bring in CJ Wilson, who will pull a Cliff Lee and say no thanks and head to the west coast...Not a bad move to bring Garcia back, but with schiczo AJ Burnett still tyring to figure out if he has any balls to pitch in NY and Phil Hughes pulling a Jeckyll and Hyde from start to start, they need stability...and CC ain't getting any younger,...or thinner.  And please, PLEASE for the love of God, keep Joba in the bullpen. He was never a "pitcher"..he was a "hurler"...97 mph heater with an 88 mph slider that was unhitable when he came up.  They are pretty close to ruining him, I hope they realize where he belongs.

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