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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Yanks, Freddy Garcia agree to minor league deal ?

He’s no Freddy Beene (throws A’s)!

The New York Yankees have reached an agreement on a minor league contract with pitcher Freddy Garcia, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Garcia, 35, has a career 133-87 record with a 4.13 ERA in 12 big league seasons. He went 12-6 in 28 starts with the Chicago White Sox last season.

Repoz Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:22 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:57 AM (#3740587)
Garcia, Andruw, Colon, CC--they're definitely the team of density
   2. RJ in TO Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:57 AM (#3740589)
He went 12-6 in 28 starts with the Chicago White Sox last season.

Wait, really? I honestly didn't even realize he was still in the league.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:59 AM (#3740590)
Wow, the O's sign Duchscherer and the Yanks come firing back! If the Red Sox sign Brian Moehler, this is an all out arms race!
   4. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: February 01, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3740598)
Wow, the O's sign Duchscherer and the Yanks come firing back! If the Red Sox sign Brian Moehler, this is an all out arms race!

Too bad Mike Maroth retired.
   5. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 04:12 AM (#3740605)
I was going to write THE FINAL PIECE! but MMT beat me to it.
   6. MM1f Posted: February 01, 2011 at 06:41 AM (#3740681)
Wait, really? I honestly didn't even realize he was still in the league.


That was my exact thought also. I thought this was a coming-off-rehab/out-of-unofficial-retirement signing.
I even looked him up on BBRef to make sure he wasn't 12-6 in 2009 and then on the shelf for 2010.

I wonder how many guys have signed a minor league deal coming off a 28 start 12-6 season.
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 01, 2011 at 06:47 AM (#3740685)
Spending most of the previous two seasons on the shelf and in the minors after a terrible start to 2007 with the Phillies wiped him off the radar for most people, I guess. 94 ERA+ last year in 157 innings (and 109 ERA+ in 9 starts late in 2009) is pretty good to get on a minor-league contract.
   8. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: February 01, 2011 at 07:00 AM (#3740689)
Garcia said he'd take less to play for the Yankees.
   9. Lars6788 Posted: February 01, 2011 at 07:02 AM (#3740690)
Is it safe to say this guy has a little bit more left in the tank than a 305 pound, 43 year old right hander in Bartolo Colon.
   10. RollingWave Posted: February 01, 2011 at 08:18 AM (#3740697)
Is it safe to say this guy has a little bit more left in the tank than a 305 pound, 43 year old right hander in Bartolo Colon.
depending on what "tank" your referring to....

At least Garcia can throw it over the plate, his progression have been interesting though, clearly steadily becomming more of a finess thrower over his career. last year he only threw 30.2% fastball o_O . guess there's a good reason though, since his average FB didn't crack 88 on the gun.
   11. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 01, 2011 at 02:57 PM (#3740757)
Is it safe to say this guy has a little bit more left in the tank than a 305 pound, 43 year old right hander in Bartolo Colon.
Bartolo Colon has eaten a 43 year old?
   12. Alex Vila Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:18 PM (#3740771)
Are corpulent ballplayers the new market inefficiency?
   13. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:29 PM (#3740774)
Are corpulent ballplayers the new market inefficiency?
I hope so, since that would allow me to use the word "corpulent" more often.
   14. WillYoung Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:32 PM (#3740776)

At least Garcia can throw it over the plate, his progression have been interesting though, clearly steadily becomming more of a finess thrower over his career. last year he only threw 30.2% fastball o_O . guess there's a good reason though, since his average FB didn't crack 88 on the gun.


Garcia had a few starts against the Twins last year and he just kept throwing slop, followed by a change of pace slop, then a tailing slop, before coming back with a cutting slop. The last guy I remember pitching with his current stuff was Doug Jones.
   15. Dewey, Crackpot and Soupuss Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:33 PM (#3740777)
I'm not sure where all the snark is coming from w/r/t Freddy Garcia. This isn't an issue of conditioning - this is a guy whose arm was completely shot by the end of the 2006 season. Most power pitchers who lose their fastball are simply done.

Instead, Garcia managed to completely re-make himself as a finesse pitcher, and carve out a cromulent career for himself. That took a lot of intelligence and hard work. That's something to be applauded, not bashed on. This is not analogous to the Bartolo Colon situation at all.
   16. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:35 PM (#3740779)
Is Garcia fat? I guess I haven't seen him in a while. He's a tall guy but I don't remember him being that overweight. Anyway, Cashman has a thing for corpulent pitchers.
   17. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 01, 2011 at 03:46 PM (#3740786)
This is a guy that I thought hadn't been good in 5 years. I'm as surprised as everyone else that he made 28 starts last year.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#3740798)
I'm surprised he's only 34.
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: February 01, 2011 at 04:08 PM (#3740803)
This is not analogous to the Bartolo Colon situation at all.


And at no point were the White Sox ever unable to locate Freddy.
   20. Hurdle's Heroes (SuperBaes) Posted: February 01, 2011 at 04:47 PM (#3740847)
43 year old right hander in Bartolo Colon

Has anyone definitively proven that Colon is only 43?
   21. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 01, 2011 at 05:07 PM (#3740866)
I think this a good pickup by the Yankees. Even with the injuries Garcia has remained a solid pitcher (save for 2007). If the Yankees can get 20 starts out of him at last year's performance level (ERA+ 94) that's going to have some use for them. This isn't at all similar to Colon or Prior.
   22. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 01, 2011 at 05:16 PM (#3740880)
If you chopped up Bartolo Colon into several dozen 305-pound men, I'd say less than 20% of them would be more effective than Freddy Garcia.
   23. Swoboda is freedom Posted: February 01, 2011 at 07:32 PM (#3741031)
Anyway, Cashman has a thing for corpulent pitchers.

Are you saying he is a chubby chaser? Actually, they signed Andruw Jones too, so scratch the pitcher part.

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