Yanks sign Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract

Looking into his numbers a bit:

His home run rate more than doubled in 2010 to 1.3 from 0.6 as his strike-out rate fell from 5.9 to 5.1 (and his walk rate worsened). Meanwhile, his K:BB ratio dipped below 2.00 (to 1.98) for the first time since the 2000 season. Not good leading indicators. However… if he can rebound “only” to his 2009 totals, that’d be good enough to beat out Sergio Mitre. A snapshot of his annual stats:

Year Age Tm ERA GS IP ER HR ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1999 24 SEA 4.07 33 201.1 91 18 124 1.465 9.2 0.8 4.0 7.6 1.89
2000 25 SEA 3.91 20 124.1 54 16 117 1.416 8.1 1.2 4.6 5.7 1.23
2001 26 SEA 3.05 34 238.2 81 16 137 1.123 7.5 0.6 2.6 6.1 2.36
2002 27 SEA 4.39 34 223.2 109 30 97 1.297 9.1 1.2 2.5 7.3 2.87
2003 28 SEA 4.51 33 201.1 101 31 95 1.326 8.8 1.4 3.2 6.4 2.03
2004 29 TOT 3.81 31 210.0 89 22 122 1.219 8.2 0.9 2.7 7.9 2.88
2004 29 SEA 3.20 15 107.0 38 8 143 1.196 8.1 0.7 2.7 6.9 2.56
2004 29 CHW 4.46 16 103.0 51 14 106 1.243 8.4 1.2 2.8 8.9 3.19
2005 30 CHW 3.87 33 228.0 98 26 116 1.250 8.9 1.0 2.4 5.8 2.43
2006 31 CHW 4.53 33 216.1 109 32 105 1.276 9.5 1.3 2.0 5.6 2.81
2007 32 PHI 5.90 11 58.0 38 12 78 1.603 11.5 1.9 2.9 7.8 2.63
2008 33 DET 4.20 3 15.0 7 3 109 1.133 6.6 1.8 3.6 7.2 2.00
2009 34 CHW 4.34 9 56.0 27 4 109 1.214 9.0 0.6 1.9 5.9 3.08
2010 35 CHW 4.64 28 157.0 81 23 94 1.376 9.8 1.3 2.6 5.1 1.98
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table; Generated 1/31/2011.
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