Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Yankees Sign Garcia: Nothing More to Worry About
The Yankees have signed formerly relevant starter Freddy Garcia to compete with Bartolo Colon to see which starter will be dropped first. Its a tough competition because Colon was the better pitcher in his prime, but has apparently taken to eating contests since then. Garcia was not the pitcher Colon was, but pitched last season with some success, and its worth seeing what his surgically repaired shoulder can do. After missing out on Duchscherer, probably the most promising of the rehab cases, the Yankees had few options left. One things for sure, if the Yankees think they can get Pettitte for $12 million they may be in for a surprise. It was just two seasons back Pettitte took an incentive-laden contract from the Yankees, which he considered insulting, and it doesn't take Scott Boras to see the leverage in this situation. If I were Pettitte I would propose another incentive-laden contract. He can take the $12 million as a base salary and then include incentives like for each win, the Yankees take him out for ice cream, and for 100 strikeouts, he gets an ipod, and maybe for his birthday, they have to give him a nice pair of slacks. Or he can just ask for the $16 million he was making before. Either way, the Yankees are going to pay up.