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  1. Just a minor nitpick really, but you say, “Garcia posted a 4.59 xFIP in 157 innings, good for 1.3 WAR. Nothing spectacular, but not as bad as his 4.64 ERA would suggest.”

    And actually, that’s pretty much exactly what it suggests. He let up 81 earned runs in 157 innings for his 4.64era, if he let up 80 earned runs over the 157 innings that would give him an era of 4.59, matching his xFIP. So we’re talking about the difference of 1 earned run over an entire season – not enough for me to really think that xFIP paints a picture of him being a victim of poor luck and therefore stands to benefit from positive regression.

    Then you add in the fact that is FIP was 4.77, and I really don’t see his ERA misleading anyone into thinking he’s worse than he is.

    Comment by Matt — February 1, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  2. but at least he’s better than sergio mitre!

    Comment by phoenix2042 — February 1, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  3. If he can average 6 IP and give up only 3-4 runs, with the Yankees bullpen and offense, that is good enough to win more than 50% of their games with him on the mound (which is all you need from your 4-5 starters on the mound)

    Comment by pft — February 1, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  4. Solid nitpick. It was kind of a throwaway sentence, but you’re absolutely right.

    Comment by Jesse Wolfersberger — February 2, 2011 @ 12:20 am

  5. pft, yeah, you could be right as a similar year to his 2010 could bring value to the Yankees, maybe even more so than it did the White Sox with the Yankees bullpen and offense as you mentioned. After reading Paul Swydan’s post last week on the Yankees 5th starters (very little WAR the last few years) and considering their other options currently on the roster, this *could* be a good move, especially considering it is low cost.

    However, he is another year older and the fact that his “strategy change” was not really fooling anyone, as Jesse pointed out, leads me to believe he could get hit even harder this year. On top of that, moving to the AL East and playing in NYY’s bandbox of a stadium assumably won’t help his performance (HR/FB, HR/9, etc.), though Cellular is probably just as bad (actually last year Cellular was 1st worst for HRs but 4th in total runs, NYY Stadium was 3rd and 2nd respectively), but the point is it most likely won’t help him.

    Sure anything can happen and the Yankees have won despite having poor back ends in the past, but 2011 looks to be awfully competitive in the AL East. I think the Yankees were as surprised as anyone, maybe even more so that they did not get Cliff Lee. I guess they did not want to go after Joe Blanton, who might have been a decent fit and was rumored on the block because they already *gave* enough to Philly this off season…lol. Actually Blanton might not actually have much more value than a healthy Garcia, but he is younger and has certainly been more healthy and consistent the last few years.

    All that being said I guess I still think the Yankees will try to trade for a decent middle rotation guy during spring training or during the 1st half.

    Comment by bcp33bosox — February 2, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  6. I don’t think this is a bad signing. It’s a minor league deal. The Yanks have boatloads of money. If he flops, no harm done. If he can produce some quality fifth starter innings, it’s worth it. There’s no downside here.

    Comment by Ben — February 2, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  7. blanton is probably a little bit better than garcia, but he costs like 5 times more, plus they would have to give up some farmhands. i also think that the yanks will trade for a starter midseason, but not in spring training. i doubt they go for an ace (i would love it though), but i think it will be a #3 type of guy, which would go a long way in pushing guys like burnett, garcia or nova down a notch both in the rotation and in importance.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — February 2, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  8. Considering what is available on the FA market for pitchers, I think this is a smart move by Cashman.. Garcia and Colon. They have been offered ST contracts,a nd I think it will push them to excel moving forwrd.

    In addition, they should have plenty of innings to gauge their value for the season. With these guys, and Prior, and possibly Noesi and Mitchell and the Killer B closest to AAA, the Yanks have a lot of rotation options, for little to no dollars.

    I think it is safe to say, that Garcia will probably outperform his contract.. and if he reaches all of his incentives, that is just a good thing for NYY.

    Cashman has patched together a string of formerly succesful pitchers to invite to the ST complex; maybe one of these guys can stand out and help the Yankees out the first half.

    Keep in mind, the Yanks may not need a fifth starter for much of the first 6 weeks, if there are few to no rain outs.

    Nice article,
    Aaron Evans

    Comment by Aaron — February 2, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  9. c.c.& p.hugh’s,then pray 4 rain!!!

    Comment by Tono73 — February 2, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  10. This is very poor analysis. Garcia pitches to contact, so assumptions on the importance of getting hitters to miss are irrelevant here. Watch the games and don’t pay so much attention to numbers.

    Comment by NYY — April 17, 2011 @ 12:02 am

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