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MLB Rumors: Yankees Are Considering Freddy Garcia

CHICAGO - AUGUST 10: Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia #43 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on August 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2011

Via Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

"Orioles, Yankees considering Freddy Garcia. Padres, Cardinals, Pirates, Mets also seek pitching."

The Yankees are looking to add another starter this offseason and if they really believe Andy Pettitte will retire they’ll step up their efforts soon.

It’s hard to tell why they weren’t in on left-hander Jeff Francis, but it is possible that they thought he was too much of an injury risk. Aside from Garcia, the Yankees have also been connected to Bartolo Colon, Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Duchscherer and Kevin Millwood.

Garcia, 35, was once a workhorse, but his career has been derailed by shoulder problems. Last year was the first time he threw at least 150 innings since 2006 so maybe the Yankees think he has turned a corner. At this point the only other name on the list above that are likely to pitch more innings than Garcia next year is Millwood. All the others come with very big question marks.

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