In a market that is filled with low-risk, high-reward type pitching, one name gets mentioned almost every year and that is Freddy Garcia. Garcia is being targeted by three teams, including the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds as being an addition to bolster the team’s rotations.
Garcia is 36-years old and split time between being a starter and a reliever with the New York Yankees in 2012. Garcia was 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA and 89 strikeouts in the limited role with the club. In the season prior, Garcia won 12 games, had a 3.62 ERA, and was one of the key guys in the Yankees rotation that contributed to the team’s success.
The right-handed pitcher has not been named in any kind of talks all off-season long, so it makes sense that teams are trying to obtain a starter like Garcia, now that the market for pitching is starting to dwindle. The Rockies and the Twins could both use him as a starter, since both teams do not have any kind of legitimate veterans on their staffs.
The Reds could look to use Garcia as a long reliever, since their rotation is filled with Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman moving from the closer role to the starting role in 2013.
However, if Chapman were to struggle, Garica could easily take over that role if he signed with the Reds.