Originally posted on NBC New York  |  Last updated 11/25/11
If the Yankees are planning a big surprise move this offseason, they're doing a good job of lulling everyone into the catatonic state that allows them to pull it off. They continued to eschew free agents and the trade market on Thursday when they agreed to a one-year deal to bring Freddy Garcia back to the Bronx next season. Garcia had somewhere between four and five million more reasons to be thankful when he dug into his turkey as a result of the deal. Joe Girardi probably said a few words of thanks as well, because Garcia was the kind of reliable, if unspectacular, starter that the team needed at the back end of the rotation last season. With Phil Hughes imploding early, Bartolo Colon imploding late and A.J. Burnett doing his thing all year long, Garcia wound up being the steadiest starter (remember, Ivan Nova really came on in the second half) after CC Sabathia over the course of the entire season. Steady Freddie wound up going 12-10 with a 3.62 ERA, his best season since 2006 a...
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