Terms of Fabulous Freddy’s one-year deal were announced today, and they’re nothing to scoff at.
The Chief will get a $4 million base salary and has the chance to push that to $5,575,000 with incentives. Not bad for a pitcher who was only offered an invite to Spring Training last season.
The 35-year-old Garcia will make $250,000 each for his 25th, 27th, 29th and 30th start next year. If he makes 31 starts he’ll get another $275,000, and if he goes 32 he’ll get $300,000 more. That seems like a good deal for the Yanks, seeing as how he only made 25 starts last year and hasn’t hit the 30-start threshold since 2006 (33). In fact, over the past five seasons Fab Fred has started 25, 28, 9, 3 and 11 games, respectively.
However, if he’s throwing like he was last year — when he went 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA and had a $1.5 million base salary and added an additional $1.85 million in incentives — I’m sure they’d be glad to fork over that additional chump change (for the Yankees) for more starts.