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Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi AP

Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was his best since 2001.

As part of that contract Garcia earned $1.5 million in guaranteed money and another $3 million or so in incentives, so he’ll get a light raise and significantly more upfront cash at age 35.

Barring a trade the Yankees’ rotation looks set with Garcia joining CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, and Phil Hughes

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    why? dumb move if i ever saw one

    • dan1111 - Nov 25, 2011 at 5:27 AM

      It could possibly be a dumb move by Garcia. Someone else might have paid him more money. But it was a great move by the Yankees. Garcia has always been solid when healthy. What team doesn’t need a solid, average starter?

      • henryd3rd - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:37 AM

        Its a Win Win for Garcia.

    • pjmarn6 - Nov 25, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      History has shown that 95% of baseball players are through at 35-36-37 especially pitchers. Average time of a player in baseball is a little over 5 years. A performance contract was a necessity. Another 5 million down the drain.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Low risk move really! Whats 5 mil to the bombers anyway!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      if they needed a #5 starter id say fine but they need a #2 and this guy simply isnt that

      • Kevin S. - Nov 24, 2011 at 6:06 PM

        Teams typically need more than five starters. Yankees aren’t done shopping.

      • dan1111 - Nov 25, 2011 at 5:37 AM

        The Yankees have more than one question mark in their rotation. Hughes was terrible last year, and Burnett has pitched poorly for two straight years. As long as Garcia is healthy, there will be plenty of innings for him to fill. And this signing says nothing about whether the Yankees plan to go after a higher-level starter.

  3. bigjimatch - Nov 24, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Yea baby! Start printing those World Series tickets!

    • henryd3rd - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      Now that’s being a little premature; but if they play as well as they did last year I’ll be happy to watch them so as to take my mind off the every day troubles of the world.

  4. pisano - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Hopefully this is a small piece of the puzzle to improve the rotation. The bigger piece is yet to come, and if Yankee fans are lucky it will include the trading of AJ Burnett, supposedly there have been a few teams inquiring about him. Heaven help those teams inquiring about AJ, as the saying goes, ” be careful what you wish for “

    • lazlosother - Nov 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      AJ won’t be traded. NY would have to eat a significant portion of his contract to move him, and they have a history of not doing that. NY has him for 2 more seasons and he will start, or come out of the bullpen for middle relief.

      I don’t think we will see a bigger piece this year unless Cashman can work a trade. It seems more likely we see a similar short term signing for Colon. Noesi may get a shot at the rotation as well.

    • anxovies - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM

      Who would trade for him at $15 million for the next 2 years? He will end up in the bullpen before the Yankees will eat any significant portion of his contract.

  5. cusoman - Nov 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Why is the resigning of ANY Yankee always a “Top Story” on this site?

    • anxovies - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:26 PM

      Because nobody cares about the other teams.

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