New York Yankees Trade Deadline: Who Even is Jaime Garcia?

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 28: Jaime Garcia (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 28: Jaime Garcia (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees’ recent trade deadline addition, Jaime Garcia, is slated to debut tonight in Cleveland. Who is he and what can fans expect from him?

General Manager Brian Cashman hit the brakes on Jaime Garcia’s flight to Minnesota when he traded for the rental starter at this year’s deadline.

Only six days after being acquired by the Twins from Atlanta, Cashman coughed up pitching prospects Zach Littell and Dietrich Enns to put the 31-year-old lefty in pinstripes.

Garcia is set to make his Yankees debut tonight against Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer. It will be Garcia’s 20th start of the season. However, the St. Louis Cardinals’ 22nd round pick in 2005 has made his way around the block this year.

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Most recently, he was traded with Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Braves to the Twins for Huascar Ynoa, only to find himself wearing pinstripes just days later.

He comes to the Yankees with his 4.29 ERA and a relatively impressive past. Garcia boasted a 2.70 ERA for the Cardinals in his first full major league season, finishing third in the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year voting behind only Buster Posey and Jason Heyward, two fairly big names in today’s game.

His 2.43 ERA in 2015 would have ranked him 4th in the MLB ahead of names like David Price, Dallas Keuchel, and Jacob deGrom had he met the 162 inning minimum that year.

Joining a team in the hunt for October, Jaime Garcia brings a playoff resume that exceeds anything Sonny Gray, the Yankees prized deadline acquisition, could offer. Garcia has made seven postseason starts over the course of his nine-year career, including giving up just two runs in ten innings en route to a Cardinal’s 2011 World Series title.

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Jaime Garcia will become a free agent at the end of this season, but depending on how he fares under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium, he very well could be auditioning for a return starting tonight.