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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, ESPN.com'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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Comments

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

"There is nothing to show that Nova can duplicate last year." Yes there is, theres nothing that shows his numbers were luck they  were right in line with his peripheals.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Rotation was fine all year as was in the playoffs.  Not being able to hit with runners in scoring position is what hurt them.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

I thought Greinke was eliminated from consideration from the Yankees because of his anxiety disorder.  That was last year i guess.  I hate to admit it, but the Yankees did pretty well with their patchwork rotation last year.  In order to win it all, they're going to have to have another consistent 2 or 3.  Their offense beats the heck out of everyone during the regular season, but then gets shut down by great pitching in the playoffs.  Pitching wins playoff series, and other than CC, no one comes close on that team. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT Greinke was available? Even though Fielder will walk, the Brewers will still compete next year. I do not see him being available unless Milwaukee falls out of the chase really early. They gave up way too much to sell him at this point. The Brewers may even go after Reyes. No way they trade their ace for prospects at this time.





Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

With HGH testing .. you can be sure mopes like Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia will return to their usual suckiness ... good luck New Spork

lol.  Of course you must be a delusional Sawx fan.  If you want to get into that, let's look no further than Ortiz and Ramirez.  Manny quits when they bring the heat.  Ortiz has been suspect for years.
 
If I were you, I would not run my mouth too much, considering the fate the Sox saw this past season.  All we heard all offseason last year was how the Sox and Phillies were by far the best teams in baseball, possibly baseball history.
Check that ego at the door.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Could not disagree more.If the Yankees go into the season with that same rotation,Cashman should be fired.There is too much uncertainty in anything that has anything to do with Hughes or Burnett.There is nothing to show that Nova can duplicate last year.Yes,they won the division with that basic rotation last season,but it won't happen again,especially if they don't fix the offense as well.No small ball,too many double plays,too many strikeouts,no clutch.That has to change also.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Could the ' rotation for 2012 bear a striking resemblance to 2011?
That really would not be such a bad thing given that the Yankees won the American League East when the so-called "experts" picked them to finish third.
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 weak spot for the Yankees is and will continue to be their inability to play Small Ball.
Some of the more interesting names scheduled for free agency after the 2012 season -- meaning they could be trade bait at the deadline -- include , and , while another group has team options, including , , , , , and .
How the heck did Carl Pavano's name make this list of "more interesting names"? He was a disaster the first time around with the Yankees and I hope Cashman does not even consider signing him to a free agent deal after 2012.
The only three players on that list that interest me are Shields, Greinke, and Haren but there is no need to try and mortgage the future to acquire them.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Pavano will not get another chance in New York.  He couldn't get anybody out before and still can't consistently.  The Yankees don't need much.  A good/great starter would be nice but really not neccessary.  If Larry Rothschild can get Burnett in love with his fastball rather than the breaking and off speed stuff no pitching needs to be added.  Certainly Shields would be a nice addition to the Yankee rotation and with former Wall St. brokers owning the Rays they are consumate capitalists but trading him in the division makes them suicidal.  Translation not happening.  A Grienke deal could but at what cost to a team on the brink with lots talent why bust it up.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

As  Yanks fan, I have to agree with Gambitto: Cash is a terrible judge of pitching talent at the high-priced end.  He's like a fantasy player, who just lunges for the obvious suspect--sometimes, naturally, it will work (CC); but so often it's a bust that he won't acknowledge (AJ "Implosion" Burnett; Carl "My Pinky Hurts Waaaaa" Pavano; Kei "Me Have No Clue" Igawa; Kevin "OMG, it's an AMERICAN League Lineup" Brown; etc, etc, etc).



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

With HGH testing .. you can be sure mopes like Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia will return to their usual suckiness ... good luck New Spork.  Laughing


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