The New York Yankees and pitcher Freddy Garcia had something to be thankful for, as the two sides agreed on a one-year, $4 million +incentives deal according to the New York Post; and confirmed via tweet by SI’s Jon Heyman.
Last season, Garcia won 12-games in his first year as a Yankee; and he did it on the cheap too.
Garcia made $1.5 million in 2011, and compared to other 12-game winners, the Yankees certainly got their money’s worth and then some.
Garcia made a total of 25 starts in 2011, where the team won 15 games; and in 13 of those Yankee wins Garcia pitched 6 or more innings. He posted a 3.62 ERA, giving up 16 home-runs, 45 walks, 59 earned runs, with 96 strikeouts and pitched just shy of 147 innings in total.
The 35-year old Garcia doesn’t try to live in the past when he pitches and he has adjusted himself so. He relies on throwing an arsenal of off-speed pitches to make up for his loss of speed, and it has prolonged his career.
Bringing back Garcia for 2012 almost had to h...