Quick Reaction to Freddy Garcia

As you read yesterday, the Yankees resigned Freddy Garcia to a one year contract, worth somewhere between $4-5M. I think we can all agree that this is more or less a good thing.

Garcia provided the Yankees with 146.2 more quality innings than any of us were expecting him to provide. He racked up a 3.62/4.12/4.36 ERA/FIP/xFIP split (86 ERA–, 99 FIP–, 108 xFIP–). He managed to keep homers down despite a pretty high fly ball rate and was able to strand over 77% of the runners that reached against him, a rate about 4% higher than his career rate.

I’ve always said that it’s better to let a guy go a year early than a year too late and I thought that’s the way the Yankees would go with Garcia. They didn’t, though, and that’s okay. He’s absolutely fine at the back of the Yankee rotation. If he can repeat the innings totals of last year and put up an ERA/FIP/xFIP split in the low to mid 4’s across the board, I’ll be happy and it’ll be worth it.

Now go get Yu Darvish and/or John Danks, Cashman!

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

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A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

43 thoughts on “Quick Reaction to Freddy Garcia

  1. Is Darvish even going to be posted? It seems less and less likely as time passes, does anyone know the deadline he has to be posted by? Because the Japanese playoffs are over so he could have been posted at anytime since then.

  2. I’m curious to find out what people think the chances are of the Cubs realistically moving Garza? And if there was a possibility what it would take on the Yankees part to make that happen.

    It would seem to me that he would be the ideal #2 for the Yankees rotation for some time.

    Any thoughts from anyone?

  3. for the record i fully expected garcia to pitch as well as he did in 2010. looks to me like he is finally healthy and knows how to work within hus stuff. further proof by the way that the split is one of baseballs most under urilized weapons (see that hughes) easy to learn same arm action.

    i again expect 160 ip of 4.00/4.25/4.50 type ball with a bunch of effective starts abd a handful of disasters when his command is off.

    now darvish. even more important with the new cba implications. this is the last chance for a long time to add a young top starter who saves money in the luxury tax.


    looks solid and extremely deep

  4. oh absolutely danks or garza would be fine. to me tho the new painful luxury tax and restrictive ntl rules mean getting young elite starters will very soon be imposdible or insanely expensive. you’re talking paying a guy 30 plus mill a yeaylr after the tax. darvish and his 10 mil a year look even more attractive in light of the new cba.

    tho damks for romine,noesi or phelps and say segedin or joseph seems fair to me

  5. me either. results dont ever seem yo matvh stuff peripherals. even in tampa where defese park effect were not issues.

    hes very good but outside of sanchez or williams id be wary if includinfmg a top guy. meaning banuelos or montero.
    if a reasonable deal can be built around sanchez, williams phelps and lesser pieces maybe but thats diloubtful.

    and my general skepticism on toolsy rospects may have me undervaluubg williams

  6. I’d put his chances way above the 50% his dad said they were. For one, the pitching market is extremely weak this year. When you look at the next few years, there will be a lot more options and he’ll command less interest.

    He’s also coming off his best season yet, something that might be a product of the ball changes NPB made earlier this year.

    He’s also the perfect age to sign to a 5-6 year deal and have some potentially big free agent years after. Thanks to the posting system, I don’t think an MLB team could beat a Japanese teams’ average yearly salary if he posted the next 2 years.

    Its the perfect storm for him, I’d be shocked if he didn’t post.

  7. I think we can all agree that this is more or less a good thing.

    Not so fast there cowboy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a bad thing but I would have been just as happy to see them not choose to gamble that a guy who had already passed his sell-by date before last season and somehow, with some of the most unimpressive stuff I’ve ever seen, miraculously squeezed another productive season (for a 5th starter) out of himself can do it again.

    I’m not at all sanguine on the prospects for a repeat performance from Garcia but this is, after all, the Yankees and they can eat all or part of a $5 million contract without burping if things don’t work out. My real concern is that they not let sweaty Freddie stand in the way of the development of any of their young pitchers who may pitch well enough to merit some big league time next year – and I’m thinking of the guys who will be on the bubble between the nomad AAA team and the big club (Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, Noesi) and possibly even ManBan and Betances (long shots for 2012 I agree).

    At some point you have to develop players and build a team and you don’t get there by denying opportunity to guys who may, either by themselves or in combination perform just as well as a guy who’s already been everything he’s going to be and is not part of your future.

  8. T.O. Chris said: “The problem is the pitching available on the market has a ton of interest and is going to be really high in terms of prospect return.”

    Hey, Chris–you’re off your game as a prospect hater!

  9. Intersting stuff. Cain seems to be a long shot, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I would love Cashman and Epstein to work out a Garza trade. RSN would be steaming.

  10. Freddy Garcia has to have the stupidest agent in the world. Or the unpublished incentive package he got with the one year deal has to be a double your salary bonanza.

    Really Freddy youre 35 youve burned out twice and now sign for half of what you made 3 years ago. Don’t you think for a second a long term deal is a better option? Youve done the ‘will pitch for soup’ contact and came out of it in your usual just better than .500 rate despite having an offense behind you that should have netted better results than you got with the White Sox. Is there anyone who thinks he gets away with the 77% clearence again?

    Great deal for the Yankees and may be a better deal for the rest of the ALE as Cashman may shelve the starters file and go hang off of buildings and sleep on sidewalks for the rest of the offseason.