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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: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:42 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

And before someone says, "they have that salary in the bullpen with Rivera and Soriano", I realize that. For any other team those two alone would be irresponsible spending at the back end, so they certainly don't want to make it worse.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:40 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

If the Yankees were able to acquire Greinke, they most certainly should do it. However, there's no way the Brewers are moving him, until mid-season at the earliest. If there were to do a move in the offseason, the price tag would be too big and there's no way the Yankees would pull the trigger. It might be a little more reasonable by mid-season though, and the Yanks will know if they have to upgrade by then. The performances of Hughes, Burnett, and even Nova will dictate to Cashman if he has to make a move. I think he's just trying to bid his time until his prospects are ready for the bigs. Can't say I blame him, who wants to hand out another contract like the one to Burnett. It's not as if the Yankees can't afford to go get another starter, but they don't really want that kind of salary in the bullpen.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Even if he is just signed as an insurance for any possible injuries, he's proved himself worth it. Good sign.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:24 pm

Yanks still need one starter: Why Not Greinke?

This one is almost a no-brainer.  The Yanks need one more starter.  Greinke, one of the best young arms in baseball, is available and has a great history of pitching in the AL.  It may cost a bit, but it would instantly make the Yankee rotation one of the top six with the one two punch of Sabbathia and Greinke.  This is a rare opportunity.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:35 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Lol I love it. Just keep sucking and let the NL dominate your old asses. AL is garbage. Has been for sure.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

he was offered arbitration and he took it. i have to agree that your short rank had nothing to do with anything. this is still low risk and it only cost the yankees 5 million for one year. if he pitches half a runner higher then last season it will still be worth it. 

Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:28 pm

Reports: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

What does resigning Garcia have to do with any of the names you just mentioned?

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:45 pm

Report: Yankees, Freddy Garcia agree to new deal

Go ahead, Cashman and sign Pavano AGAIN. You gave Javier Vasquez two tries to demonstrate you're still a lousy judge of pitching talent. Should I mention Kei Igawa or how about your latest high-priced bomb A.J. Burnett.

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