He emerged as one the New York Yankees’ most dependable starting pitchers… And, now it looks like Freddy Garcia will be returning to the team’s pitching line-up next season.
The 35-year-old Venezuelan right-hander has signed a one-year contract with the team that will pay between $4 million and $5 million guaranteed, according to the New York Daily News.
Garcia had expressed a desire to return to the Yankees, even though he could’ve signed a two-year deal with another team.
He arrived in New York after signing an incentive-laden contract without a guaranteed roster spot, and succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. Garcia posted a 3.62 ERA, the third-lowest of his 13-year career, despite pitching in the difficult American League East.
At the general managers’ meetings in Milwaukee last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he knew he would need to pay well to re-sign a player like Garcia, or fellow overperformer Bartolo Colon, after both put together improbable comeback seasons.
“They did a good job,” said Cashman. “I can’t get those guys on non-roster invites again. No way. That’s a credit to what they did. I know my conversations this time are a little bit different than what they were before.”