Friday, January 23, 2009

Mets sign RHP Freddy Garcia - Rotation still needs help

The Mets signed right-handed starting pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal, according to Adam Rubin at the Daily News. Reportedly, Garcia can make as much as $8-9 million if he makes the team and reaches a bunch of incentives. Those better be some lofty incentives if the Mets are to pay $8 million to a guy who has pitched a combined 78 innings (majors and minors) over the last 2 seasons due to injury.

This is a good pick-up, especially if Garcia can return to his workhorse 1999-2006 form. He has a career FIP of 4.22 in 1700+ innings, and I could see him making 10-15 starts this year. I really hope Ben Sheets is signed as well. It doesn't seem like the Mets have any interest in Andy Pettitte (unfortunately), so I'll give up on that pipe dream. I've said it over and over again, but at this point Oliver Perez at any more than $9 million a year just isn't going to cut it.

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