It’s official, Freddy Garcia’s back

Open Thread: Jose Veras
The second worst contract in baseball history

Monday: Via The NY Post, we have a breakdown of Garcia’s incentives. He’ll make an additional $250k each for his 25th, 27th, 29th, and 30th starts, then $275k for his 31st start and $300k for his 32nd start. Freddy only made 25 starts in 2011, in part because the Yankees avoided using him like the plague back in April. Things figure to be different this time around.

In other news, Marc Carig reports that Curtis has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton. He remains with the organization, but is no longer on the 40-man roster. Part of me wondered if some NL team would grab him as a lefty hitting fifth outfielder, but nope. The shoulder injury was too much of a red flag, I guess.

Friday: A little more than two weeks after agreeing to a new deal, Freddy Garcia is officially back in pinstripes. Sweaty Freddy signed his one-year contract this morning, which Bryan Hoch says is worth $4M guaranteed plus another $1.575M in incentives based on games started.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated Colin Curtis for assignment. The 26-year-old outfielder missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a shoulder injury in Spring Training, though he’s hitting .300/.391/.450 in winter ball so far (23 games). Curtis figured to be the team’s extra outfielder in Triple-A this year since Greg Golson has been released and both Justin Maxwell and Chris Dickerson are out of options. There’s a chance he’ll get claimed off waivers, but the shoulder injury is working in the Yankees’ favor.

Open Thread: Jose Veras
The second worst contract in baseball history
  • Plank

    Whoa! I totally didn’t see this coming.

  • Cris Pengiucci


  • IBelieveInAJ

    Heeeeeeee’s back and ready to sweat more than ever!

  • nsalem

    I predict that the reaction to his re-signing will be more positive than his signing about a year ago.

    • Ted Nelson


      • nsalem

        Ted was one of the very few who supported the Freddy signing last year and he took a lot of criticism for doing so.

        • Ted Nelson

          Thanks for mentioning it. I certainly didn’t expect the level of success he had in 2011, but I expected a serviceable starter.

          • nsalem

            Actually he did just about you said he would as far as his quality starts went. I know because I have it all marked down in my black binder

        • MannyGeee

          Well, Teddy my boy, that will learn you to go against the flock.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        You’re bold.

        • Zangief

          He meant bold flavors.

          • nsalem

            He meant I’ve been paroled

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Certainly its less controversial this time around. We have an idea of what he can produce. Not saying he’ll be as solid as he was last season, but I think most people are OK with him coming back, we’re just hoping he only needs to play a limited role this upcoming season (although that’s not looking so good …. yet)

  • RetroRob

    Welcome back to Freddy. Keep that rotation spot warm until Manny is ready.

  • CMP

    Still doesn’t address the need for a couple of front end starters. Right now they have a number 1 in CC and a bunch of 4/5 guys.
    Now go get Darvish.

    • Urban

      Unfortunately, we won’t know if he’s a front-end starter either until after they Yankees spend $110 million+. It’s not my money, so I’m hoping they’re in on Darvish, but I’ll be uneasy. Darvish right now is that empty glass we can fill with our wine. We won’t know if its vintage or if it’s spoiled until we take sip.

      • Ted Nelson

        I wouldn’t say they have no idea if he’s a front-end starter. Sure, any player carries risk (insert long list of bigtime free agent busts). Darvish has been on the radar for a long time against a pretty high level of competition, though. I think the risk compared to an MLB free agent at a similar price is somewhat marginal. After the luxury tax break $100 million for him might be more like $80 million or something, which puts you in the neighborhood of some notable free agent busts.

        • I Live In My Mom’s Basement

          I think one can be reasonably confident he won’t be a 2-3 in 2012. This is not to say he can’t reach that level in future years, but the mechanical adjustments alone– tiem between starts, ball– are going to take a period of adjustment.

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

    Feelin’ sweaty on a Friday evening.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Brought about an image in my head that I didn’t need.

  • T-Diddy

    I’m glad to see him back. He was productive and is a good low cost rotation option.

    • John Ya Ya

      Absolutely! It’s not pretty, but he gets the job done, and for a reasonable price. Unlike AJ, the guy knows how to keep hitters off balance. This was a no-brainer.

  • Kiko Jones

    El Jefe is back!

  • Kevin

    SO will Colin be back with the team or gone for good from the Yankees?

  • CJ

    Look who was traded for Casey mcgehee. Would have been a good fit for yanks. Freddy “call it an offseason” Garcia. Over/under innings pitched 2012, 99.2.

    • Jesse

      Over. Save this thread.