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Added February 1st, 2011 by Chalk

Yankees Add Freddy Garcia
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The Yankees continued their offseason of signing oft-injured fading star pitchers by agreeing to a minor league deal with free agent starter Freddy Garcia. The 12-year veteran pitched okay last season for the White Sox (12-6, 4.64 ERA in 28 starts), but won a total of five games from 2007-2009. The deal could be worth as much as $5.1 million according to an AP source.

Last week, the Yankees gave a similar deal to another righty starter, Bartolo Colon, who won the 2005 AL Cy Young. Of course, since 2005, Colon has won a grand total of 15 games, with his best season in the past five years being a seven-game stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

Garcia and Colon are expected to compete with Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova to fill out the back end of the Yankees starting rotation, assuming Andy Pettitte doesn’t have a sudden charge of heart about coming back for another season in the Bronx. Mitre made three starts for the Yankees last year, while Nova made seven. I’d expect a lot of guys going in an out of the Yankees rotation all season, and at least one minor leaguer we’ve never heard of making some starts.

Despite their lackluster pitching, the Yankees still currently have the third-best odds to win the 2011 World Series at 6/1, behind only the Red Sox (5/1) and Phillies (13/4).

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