With the free agent pitching market dwindling, the Mets and Yankees are apparently fighting over Freddy Garcia like he’s the last loaf of Wonder Bread at the A&P. Well, that might be an overstatement. Regardless, while current Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson, was not at the helm back in January 2009, a quick Google search should still uncover that Freddy Garcia was, in fact, a member of the Mets for three months. Keep in mind that those three months were before the season started–which is an impressive feat for being ineffective.
Garcia, who has more or less enjoyed tremendous success from 1999 to 2006, has not posted a full-season of innings since 2006. While his 2010 campaign with the Chicago White Sox was solid–12 Wins, 4.64 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 2.6 BB/9 IP in 157 IP–his age (36) and lack of durability the past four seasons should speak clearly to his current value. It would be difficult to see the Yankees trying to sell Freddy Garcia as the backup plan to Cliff Lee, so unless he comes on a minor league deal or as a bullpen arm, it’s highly doubtful the Yankees will emerge with Garcia. However, the Mets aren’t quite in the same spending position as the Yankees.
Given that the Mets are looking to spend around $4 million to fill two rotation spots, Garcia unfortunately is a great fit. Unlike Chris R. Young, Jeff Francis, or Brandon Webb, Garcia doesn’t have nearly as high of a ceiling and would only net a modest raise from his $1 million salary last season. Assuming the Mets are unable to make a trade for a low-salary pitcher like Tom Gorzelanny, Mets fans should brace themselves for a reunion that might last more than three months.