OK, so it’s not really his nickname, but I’m hoping it will stick. The Yanks on Monday signed pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal. It’s apparently exactly like Bartolo Colon’s contract in that if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training he will be released or traded.
It seems the Yanks are high on giving over-the-hill starters minor-league deals this offseason. I really can’t complain because they are all low-risk signings and they should make for some interesting competition for the fifth starters role in Spring Training. However, this signing is just another reason they need Pettitte to come back.
Fun Fact: Garcia was the AL pitcher in the All Star game when it was canceled in 2002. That’s something, I guess.
Also, check out this video: