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New York Yankees Should Sign Matt Garza


The New York Yankees have spent very little time looking to upgrade their starting rotation through free agency. One free agent the Yankees should definitely consider is Matt Garza.

Garza has been a good starting pitcher for eight seasons and the Yankees should sign him because of his pedigree and his success while he was in the American League, AL. The Yankees have been trying vigorously to fill the back-end of their rotation this offseason — they are really hoping to land Rakuten Golden Eagles, Japan, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Golden Eagles have not posted a fee for Tanaka but ESPN Baseball Analyst Buster Olney tweeted on Friday that Japanese clubs might chip in to help the Golden Eagles reach the required $20 million posting fee.

Garza is 30-years-old and has already proven that he can be successful in the Major Leagues. He achieved his greatest success with the Chicago Cubs. He was a member of the Cubs from 2011 to July 22, 2013, and during that time span, he had a 21-18 record, with a 3.45 Earned Run Average-ERA and struck out 355 batters in 372.2 Innings Pitched.

Garza did miss some time due to injuries while he was a member of the Cubs. However, his record shows that his team scored few runs when he pitched. He would especially be valuable to the Yankees because he has experience pitching in the AL East, and not every starting pitcher can succeed in the AL East — Garza was successful when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. When he was with the Rays between 2008 and 2010, he had a 34-31 record, with a 3.86 ERA and struck out 467 hitters in 592.1 Innings Pitched.

The Yankees have three very good starters to anchor their rotation in C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, but they are going to miss Andy Pettitte, who retired at the end of last season.

Pettitte was a reliable pitcher that could win 10-15 games nearly every season. Garza could fill Pettitte’s role if the Yankees sign him because he can typically pitch at least six innings every game. Garza typically does not give up many runs, so the Yankees would have a chance to win a majority of his starts.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted on Thursday that Garza is expected to sign soon with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the Yankees have something that neither of those two teams can offer.

That one thing is a winning tradition.

If the Yankees promote this idea when they meet with Garza, then they should be able to sign him like they did with Jacoby Ellsbury.

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  • Corethree

    They probably will.

  • Jd

    I think the Yankees are going to attempt to look for a pitcher(s) through trades. A lot of rumors about Smardzija is swirling around and the Phillips deal apparently isn’t dead. And that could include Homer Bailey.
    Especially since the Tanaka posting doesn’t look good as of now, I’m not sure spending 20 million for Garza is the answer. His familiarity with the AL EAST is a definite plus. But not having a complete resume of longevity is a concern. He had 3 decent season’s in terms of innings pitched, but only 1 above 200, 2 if you want to round up from 198 is close enough. And with an era consistently around 3.7 & up, which isn’t bad, considering he spent a time in the AL EAST. But the Yankees are looking for & need add guys that are going to be pitching 200 + innings a year.
    And even though CC gives us the innings, era is an important pitching line. Having someone who is supposed to be our “ace” have his era rising year after year, kuroda, who has fallen apart both September’s for the Yankees, Nova who, to be honest, is a little too erratic and a complete WC between Pineda, Nuno, Phelps and Warren for that final spot. This team needs more of a near top of the rotation guy. Now I know that guy probably isn’t out there, but the Yankees need to at least explore different opinions before they just give Garza 100 million over 5 years.

    There definitely are moves out there that the Yankees can make to improve their pitching, both starting and in the pen. The question is, are they willing to part with some favorable prospects and Gardner to get the deals done.