One week after the Yankees lost out on the prime free-agent pitching prize Cliff Lee, they’re still looking for a starter.
That piece may well come from the White Sox. The Yankees, according to the New York Daily News, have asked to look at Freddy Garcia’s medical records, a sure sign they’re at least contemplating a trade involving the 12-year veteran right-hander who went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA last season. The Yanks still await southpaw Andy Pettitte’s decision to either return or retire.
The Bombers had also eyed Zack Greinke, but were hardly disappointed when Kansas City traded him to the National League’s Brewers, given the Yankees’ concerns over Greinke’s early-career battle with social anxiety disorder. The added attention of pitching in New York might have had an adverse affect on the 2009 Cy Young-winning right-hander.
The Mets, with about $4 million believed to be left in their budget, have also inquired about Garcia. According to the Daily News, they remain interested in 6-foot-10, 280-pound Padres right-hander Chris Young. With limited financial resources, new general manager Sandy Alderson wants low-risk, high-reward propositions, and both Garcia and Young could fit that bill.
Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis could also enter the mix, though health problems that have prevented him from having a winning season since 17-9 in 2007 are a major concern.