Thursday, July 20, 2017


The Yankees got their bullpen arms and corner infielder this week....but is there more to come? Brian Cashman said he is going to "stay engaged" in trade talks but the Yankees are still going to be "careful buyers." Don't you just love Cashman talk? It's so vague and intriguing at times. As long as it works though I don't care. He carefully bought our latest additions, so maybe there is a chance he can do it again but with a starter this time.

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I don't know how much truth there is to this latest rumor, but there are at least 12 teams who have called the Atlanta Braves asking if Jamie Garcia is available according to Mark Feinsand. The Yankees could be one of them even though he probably isn't the first pitcher that comes to mind when fans think about adding another starter.

The Braves aren't actively shopping Garcia at this point but he is in the last year of his contract so they may choose to make him available for a decent prospect rather than just letting him walk at the end of the season. The Yankees have prospects now and they will definitely picked over later in the Rule 5 draft (like they were this year) so maybe giving up two kids that the Yankees could end up losing anyway for some pitching makes sense. I think it is safe to assume that Garcia should be considerably cheaper than what the Yankees gave to the White Sox because Garcia has some issues.

On the other hand, the Braves could also decide to keep him. The Braves could decide that they keep him if they don't get a deal that they like. They could argue that he is worth a qualifying offer and when he doesn't accept it they at least get a first round draft pick so he costs a top ranked prospect in return.

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Garcia has a pretty ugly injury history and includes: Tommy John surgery in 2008, rotator cuff surgery in 2013, and surgery to treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in 2014 and that's just a short list. To be fair, he has been healthy since he returned in 2015 and hasn't missed any of his starts and even though he comes with some risk, there are also some positives. Garcia adds another lefty arm, he has five pitches he can use and the best part....he gets a ton of ground balls. That would be a huge plus in Yankee stadium with it's short porch.

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Personally, I never thought about Garcia. He's very inconsistent but he may be one of the best short term rentals available. I admit, I like the idea of a Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish better but either of those seem unlikely. Garcia may only be a back-end of the rotation pitcher but he does fit the Yankees long term plan.

Does Cashman think Garcia is a "careful buy" and more importantly....should he? For now it's a "wait and see" as the trade deadline looms closer.

--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor 
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