1. Deivi Garcia
Not to be rude, but what’s the wait on cutting Deivi Garcia loose? Oh … we know! It’s the Yankees’ famous tendency to never admit defeat, even if it means shooting themselves in the foot. Then the knee. Then the chest. Then the head.
After an impressive six-start stint in the shortened 2020, Garcia fell off the face of the earth. He appeared in two MLB games in 2021, logged a 6.48 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, and never returned. In 2021 at Triple-A, he finished with a 6.85 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across 24 games (22 starts), totaling 90.2 innings. And it somehow got worse in 2022.
Between Double-A (yup, he was demoted!) and Triple-A, Garcia finished with a 6.89 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 20 games (13 starts), totaling 64 innings. He’s been on the 40-man roster since 2020! He owns a 5.27 ERA in the majors and a 4.58 ERA in the minors! What?!
Garcia’s apparently lost touch with his mechanics and it’s unclear how he can be salvaged. But the Yankees will keep beating the drum until the last possible strike of the clock. Right now, holding onto him feels beyond irresponsible because he can’t even be called upon to eat up meaningless innings in the big leagues.
If he’s not gone before Opening Day, perhaps a slow start to year does him in. Either way, the Yankees have no more time to waste with Garcia, who will hopefully find his footing elsewhere if it continues to not work out here.