Via Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Yankees have reached an agreement with Freddy Garcia on a Minor League deal. Garcia marks the third formerly successful Major League pitcher the Yankees have signed to a minor league deal this year, along with Mark Prior and Bartolo Colon.
Like any Minor League deal, it’s hard to argue with this. It does nothing but add depth and give the Yankees insurance for Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre, and would allow the Yankees to give their pitching prospects more time to get Major League ready in case of an injury or ineffectiveness.
In 2010, Garcia threw 157 innings with the White Sox to a 4.64 ERA with a 4.77 FIP and 4.59 xFIP. He struck out 5.10 per nine, while walking just 2.58. His major problem was giving up 1.32 HR/9; that’s been a theme for Garcia’s career: 1.09 HR/9, though he’s been at 1.3 HR/9 or above in four of the last five years going back to 2006.
Time to throw the Garcia spaghetti against the way and see what sticks.
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