2017: Jaime Garcia
How about blowing the lid off that 2017 playoff race?! After the big trade with the White Sox that brought Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Bronx, Cashman followed that up with ... Jaime Garcia? I'm sorry, I think I took too big of a hit. Who was it again?
Nope, guess the hit wasn't strong enough, because I did NOT want to hear Jaime Garcia, who thankfully was traded for nothing (Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell), but went 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in eight starts. He had a couple of decent outings in there, but again, this is far from a championship trade, and that's how we'll have to view it.
The Yankees badly needed starting pitching in 2017 with Pineda going down for the year in early July, Sabathia running on fumes, and two young arms in Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery finally getting their beaks wet. Garcia was clearly not the move to supplement the pitching staff for a playoff run.
The left-hander was out of MLB after a terrible 2018 with the Blue Jays and Cubs, too. Cool.