Tag:Freddy Garcia
Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 9:09 pm

Garcia agrees to deal with Yankees

Freddy Garcia Although Kenny Williams was hoping to bring Freddy Garcia back to the White Sox, the right-hander tells Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes that he won't be returning to Chicago (with the translation from MLBTradeRumors.com's Nick Collias ):
"I would love to stay in Chicago because I like the city and I have friends here, but I don't think I'm going to come back," Garcia said. "In any case, I appreciate them for trusting me last year; however, a team like New York would be ideal, and would match up with this stage of my career."
The White Sox reportedly could give Garcia more than the $1 million he made last season when he was 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts. Garcia's 157 innings last season were more than 129 he pitched in 2007-09 combined.

The Yankees, of course, are still looking for starting pitching, although the interest seems to be coming more from Garcia's side than the Yankees.

The Nationals are also looking to add starting pitching, although they are unlikely to fit into Garcia's discription of "a team like New York" -- unless he means the Mets.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE: Freddy Garcia has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees, reports FOX Sports. Garcia should be in the lead to serve as the No. 5 starter, but will have to fight off Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre. Shouldn't be too much of an issue.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:47 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 1:17 am

White Sox wooing Garcia

Freddy Garcia Despite reports Freddy Garcia has turned down an offer to return to the White Sox, general manager Kenny Williams said that's not quite the case and the team would still like to bring the 34-year old back.

"I wouldn't describe it as a formal offer, and I wouldn't describe it as a formal rejection," Williams told Scott Merkin of MLB.com . "I had to check in, but I wanted them to know where we stood and how we've got X amount of dollars left."

The White Sox payroll is nearing $123 million, but still have a hole in the rotation -- at least for the first month or two of the season as the team waits for Jake Peavy to return from the rotation.

Garcia went 12-6 with a  4.64 ERA in 28 starts and made $1 million. It's unlikely the White Sox would offer much more than that for 2011. The team would probably ask him to move to the bullpen after Peavy returned to the rotation. He has one career appearance as a reliever, in 200 with the Mariners.

"He is one of my favorite competitors I've ever run across in athletic life," Williams said.

If the White Sox are talking to Garcia about filling the temporary starter role, it likely signals a return to the bullpen for last year's first-round pick, Chris Sale. The team had said it was considering using Sale in Peavy's spot, but also wanted to keep Sale in one role for the entire season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:26 pm

Cashman says no room for Damon

The Yankees did indeed talk with Johnny Damon, as reported Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said it was just a part of the team's vetting of all free agents and there's not really a place for Damon to return to the Bronx.

"It's something we do with every free agent," Cashman said in a radio interview. "I can't tell you if anything's going to happen there. There's not a clear role for him here.''

The Yankees are set with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield, and Jorge Posada is getting ready to transition to designated hitter, so it doesn't seem there would be much playing time for Damon, who still sees himself as an everyday player.

"I'm trying to get a utility infielder, I'm trying to get a right-handed hitting outfielder, I'm trying to get a starter and I'm trying to get a reliever,'' said Cashman, who also shot down rumors he was pursuing Freddy Garcia and Brandon Webb. "I'm working on things, but they have to make sense for us.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:26 pm

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Joba Chamberlain The Yankees "paid a price" for waiting on Cliff Lee, general manager Brian Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger , as the team is still looking for a starter (or two) to round out its rotation.

"There's not much available, to be quite honest," Cashman said.

The Yankees have requested the medical records of Freddy Garcia. The team apparently isn't interested in Brandon Webb, but Cashman wouldn't comment either way.

"Bottom line is there is a price to pay for waiting for Cliff Lee," Cashman said. "Now, part of that price is definitely going to be loss of previous opportunities that [existed]. At the same time, now it's going to have to be some patience. Now it's going to be a steeper mountain to climb, which is fine, because we can climb it. Steeper meaning it's going to take a longer way to get there. IT's a harder road to travel. That's OK. You can still get there."

One person the team won't consider in the rotation is Joba Chamberlain, who battled for a rotation spot last spring and then spent all of 2010 in the bullpen.

"His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen," Cashman said. "We've given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It's just not the same stuff."

Cashman has repeatedly said he's moving on as if left-hander Andy Pettitte will indeed retire. That means their current rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and then whoever else is ready, likely Ivan Nova.

In addition to starting help, New York is also searching for right-handed bullpen help, a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: December 20, 2010 10:05 am

Freddy Garcia receiving interest

GarciaThe Yankees and Mets, among other teams, have asked for the medical reports on righty Freddy Garcia as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.

Garcia is among the grouping of pitchers behind Carl Pavano that will be left as the best options on the market once Pavano signs. That says more about the market than it does Garcia, who posted a  4.64 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 89 in 157 innings.

Garcia is better served in the back of the rotation for a second-division club, not with the Yankees, However, given the team has two holes to fill in the rotation, New York may not have any choice but to dangle an opportunity to Garcia to win a rotation spot.

He may be more interested in the Mets or another team who can offer Garcia a better path to the rotation. He would likely be up against stiff competition to win such a role in New York.

UPDATE: Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reveals that Garcia is not close to signing anywhere and is seeking less than $5 million, the amount Jon Garland received.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Players choice finalists announced

Carlos Gonzalez In September, major-league players voted for the Players Choice Awards, coordinated by the union. Friday, the MLBPA released the three finalists for each of the awards, which will be announced over the course of next week.

Player of the year (both leagues): Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies, pictured), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Joey Votto (Reds).

Man of the year (for off-field efforts): Torii Hunter (Angels), Brandon Inge (Tigers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies).

NL outstanding player: Gonzalez, Albert Pujols (Cardinals), Votto.

NL outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

NL outstanding rookie: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants).

NL comeback player: R.A. Dickey (Mets), Tim Hudson (Braves), Aubrey Huff (Giants).

AL outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton.

AL outstanding pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), CC Sabathia (Yankees).

AL outstanding rookie: Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Austin Jackson (Tigers).

AL comeback player: Freddy Garcia (White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), Francisco Liriano (Twins).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:49 am

Freddy Garcia prepared to start

Freddy Garcia Freddy Garcia says that his sore back is doing better, according to MLB.com -- and he wants another crack at the rotation before the season ends.

"At least one time to make everybody know there's nothing wrong with me," Garcia said. "I've got pain in my back, but shoulder-wise I'm good."

Garcia seems eager to show prospective teams that his shoulder is well. No surprise, as it is one of the hardest injuries to come back from -- and Garcia is doing just that, having right shoulder surgery in 2007, giving him a career that has gone in spurts lately. This latest spurt is a good one, showing he may be all the way back and ready to be a consistent starter for the next couple years. The 35-year-old has a 4.88 ERA in 26 starts. He might do well in a NL team that has a pitcher's park and a need for pitching (Milwaukee? Los Angeles?). He's likely to be pushed out of the White Sox what with Jake Peavy returning from injury and depth to cover Peavy .

"I'd like to come back here, but who knows what they want?" Garcia said..

Garcia went through a bullpen session Tuesday, saying he felt "better" and that he would start Friday in the Angels' stadium if everything checked out. He fist-pumped pitching coach Don Cooper after he was done, so Garcia fans may want to set their DVR for Friday night's game.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:43 pm

Peavy hopes to be ready for start of 2011

Jake Peavy Jake Peavy is hopeful he can make it back in time for Opening Day 2011, but isn't ready to categorically state that.

"I don't really know and I don't think the doctors really know,'' Peavy told the Chicago Sun-Times . "They expect me to make a full recovery but said a lot of this is uncharted territory. They think it will be the case, and we hope that will be the case, but at the end of the day nobody can say, 'At this point and time, you're going to feel this way.'"

Peavy underwent surgery to repair a detached lat muscle in his right shoulder which is not a common injury like Tommy John surgery. Peavy relayed a story of speaking to retired star John Smoltz who said that with TJ surgery, you know what you should be doing when reaching certain benchmark days. Not so with Peavy's injury.

"I feel very confident that I will start my throwing program at the beginning of the year. I mean I don't want to miss anymore time than I have to, but at the same time we got to make sure we take things the right way," Peavy added.

Before going down with the injury, Peavy made 17 starts, posting a 4.63 ERA in 107 innings, punching out 93 and walking 34. Part of the reason for his high ERA had to do with home runs, which were expected moving from friendly Petco Park as a member of the Padres to US Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.

Meanwhile, general manager Kenny Williams isn't taking any chances in preparing his 2011 rotation for life without Peavy. Williams has four starters under contract -- Mark Buerhle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Edwin Jackson. Williams hopes to bring back Freddy Garcia, who seemingly came back from the dead to post a 11-5 record in 25 starts with a 4.82 ERA.

Garcia could step in the rotation if Peavy isn't ready to start the season, and otherwise would pitch out of the bullpen as a swingman. To further insulate the ChiSox, Chris Sale is expected to be converted back to a starter in the minors in 2011. Sale is currently pitching out of the bullpen as Chicago makes a push to win the AL Central Division.

Peavy doesn't fault Williams for the cautious approach in making sure there is plenty of depth, and appreciates the thought as a way to make sure Peavy comes back on his own schedule.

"I did have major surgery and we have to make sure that I didn't take any steps back,'' he added. "We have to be cautious and if that means take a couple extra weeks in spring training to get going ... I certainly don't want that to happen, and the plan is to do everything I can to be ready for the start of the season.''

Having starting pitching depth is a great thing, one which several teams undervalue but other teams like the Red Sox clearly hedge against in offseason moves. To have six starters on the major-league roster plus a pitcher like Sale in the minors will put the White Sox in great position, especially with additional young pitchers such as Jeff Marquez and Lucas Harrell as depth in Triple-A.

-- Evan Brunell

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