New York Yankees: Does Freddy Garcia Want to Be Traded out of the Bronx?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02:  Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees walks off the field after being pulled in the sixth inning of Game Two of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on October 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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When news broke that Andy Pettitte was coming out of retirement to pitch for the New York Yankees in 2012, people were excited (via

Like Yankees captain Derek Jeter, for example. He was glad to hear that his old friend and teammate was putting the pinstripes back on one more time. Nick Swisher was so giddy when he heard the news that he screamed into the phone and said he was "super excited" to have Pettitte come back.

Getting excited for Pettitte's return is a natural feeling because we all know what he can do both in the regular season and the playoffs; his 19-10 postseason record speaks for itself.

But, there is one guy who was not excited to hear that Pettitte was coming back: Freddy Garcia.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark-Star Ledger, when asked how he felt about Pettitte's return, Garcia gave a pretty blunt answer in, "I don't care."

When asked if having Pettitte was good for the Yankees, Garcia threw up his arms and said, "I don't know. Ask the people, I don't know."

Garcia sounds angry and a little bitter.

Garcia did pitch well for the Yankees in 2011, posting a 12-8 record with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts, and this was all on a minor-league deal that he signed in the winter after the Yankees got spurned by Cliff Lee.

Garcia re-signed with the Yankees just before Thanksgiving to a one-year, $4 million deal, but that was before the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda and signed Hiroki Kuroda back in January.

Bringing in those two meant Garcia and Phil Hughes would be battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, which I'm sure Garcia was fine with.

But now, adding Pettitte means that Garcia is trade bait. I think he knows it, and by expressing his disapproval of the Pettitte signing, the writing is on the wall that Garcia might want a new home in 2012.

And the Yankees should oblige because the last thing they need is an unhappy player causing a disruption in their clubhouse, which seems to have good chemistry.

Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that the Miami Marlins could be a potential fit for the Yankees to trade Garcia:


One possible fit if/when Yankees look to trade Freddy Garcia: Marlins. MIA has $ flexibility, Garcia/Ozzie have good relationship.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 18, 2012


Miami could make sense in some ways. Their rotation already consists of Josh Johnson, Carlos Zambrano, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco and Mark Buehrle, and Garcia would be adding depth to it.

Plus, as Olney said, Garcia and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen have a good relationship from their White Sox days.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN feels that trading Garcia might not be easy for the Yankees, especially since they need his permission, but also due to his contract:

If Garcia had the option right now of leaving and having a shot to start elsewhere, he'd take it.

It'll be interesting to see how this whole Garcia thing plays out, but my gut tells me that Garcia may not be around for much longer in New York.

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.