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Yankees interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

Nov 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Freddy Garcia AP

Now that the Yankees have CC Sabathia locked up long term they’ve turned their attention to re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to agent Peter Greenberg.

Greenberg told Mark Hale of the New York Post that “there’s definitely interest on their part and there’s interest on Freddy’s part in coming back.”

Garcia provided great value on a one-year, $1.5 million contract that also contained lots of incentives, throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA and 96/45 K/BB ratio at age 34. It was his first sub-4.00 ERA since 2005.

If the Yankees aren’t able to re-sign Garcia before he hits the open market they’ll likely offer him arbitration to get a supplemental draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere. Garcia could simply accept the arbitration offer and force the Yankees into a one-year deal, but that seems unlikely considering he should have at least a few other suitors.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    I like the idea of “exploring” signing Freddy for 1 more year. But he’s not going to sign for mostly an incentive laden contract. And considering in 2011 he earned approximately $5.5M (with the incentives) he’s probably looking at a $6M contract guaranteed minimum. He can most certainly get that in FA and possibly even 2 years for about $12M or at the very least a 1 year with a vesting option for the 2nd year.

    My guess is the Yankees offer Garcia arbitration and he turns it down. The Yankees get a sandwich pick and move on from Freddy maybe even to Colon. Who knows.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Yes, uyf, it certainly can’t hurt to have Freddy AND Bart around for 2012. In case AJ gets run over by a bus or some other unfortunate accident occurs.

    • CJ - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      wouldn’t AJ geting run over by a bus be a fortunate accident?

  3. phukyouk - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    lets just hope they dont turn into the Aaron Small/ Shawn Chicon combo

  4. joshftw - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Bringing Garcia back is a real gamble. He got by on his junk pitches well enough. But it would be really risky expecting him to put up those numbers two years in a row.

    As for Colon, I don’t see him coming back, at least not as a starter. He might land somewhere as a reliever. Looking at how he ran out of gas in the second half I doubt he would be in any GM’s rotation plans.

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