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New York Yankees Officially Sign Freddy Garcia to One Year Deal

December 12th, 2011 at 10:33 AM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees officially announced on Friday the signing of free agent pitcher Freddy Garcia.


Garcia on November 26th agreed in principle to a one year deal worth $4 million with incentives. The announcement was delayed till now due to a physical examination and final contract terms to be agreed upon.  The incentives in the contract include if he makes 25 starts he would garner a bonus of $250,000 and an additional $250,000 if he reaches 27,29 and 30 starts. Garcia can earn an additional $275,000 for a 31st start and $300,000 for a 32nd start.  

Last year Garcia signed a $1.5 million minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The Yankees never dreamed that a "junk pitcher" would give them a full season of a 146 2/3 innings and a start in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers. Freddy is being rewarded for that performance where he posted a 12-8 record in 25 starts.  If Garcia can give the Bombers anything close again they would be ecstatic to say the least.

"I feel really good about Freddy coming back," manager Joe Girardi said. "I loved what Freddy did for us last year. He's a different look from a lot of our guys, which I think is important when you have a rotation."  

In his youth, Garcia was a fastball thrower, now he relies mostly on his experience of knowing how to pitch. Garcia's fastest pitch tops out only in the mid 80's, a far drop off from when he first started in Seattle.  His veteran presence will help a rotation that has some youth and is trying to get younger.

 Right now Garcia and A.J. Burnett are the oldest at 35, CC Sabathia (30), Phil Hughes (25) and Ivan Nova (23).  Hector Noesi (24) has been working out in the Dominican Republic as a starter and will compete for a spot. Coveted youngsters Dellin Betances (23) and Manny Banuelos (21) will also be in camp to showcase themselves and see how much they have improved. Other prospects higher on general manager Brian Cashman's depth chart include David Phelps (25), Adam Warren (24) and D.J. Mitchell (24). Phelps, Warren and Mitchell all have college experience which gives them an advantage over the 'killer B's' great upside on possibly breaking through into the rotation. 

New York is trying to keep their payroll under $200 million and the young arms are a viable low cost option to add to the roster.  Outfielder Colin Curtis was designated for assignment to make room for Garcia on the 40-man roster. 

Yankee Notes

Jon Heyman of twitted that the Chicago White Sox wanted two of the big three Yankee prospects for LHP John Danks.  Any combination to include either Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances or Manny Banuelos.  Heyman reports maybe the Yankees would give up one of the three to make the deal. 

Tags: Baseball, Freddy Garcia, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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