Ok, i'll have to say 95% of Yankee fans which i've encountered are against the signings of Andruw Jones and Freddy Garcia. If you think the Yankees are going to give these two major league contracts, you are totally wrong...
The good thing about a minor league contract is they're always dispensable... if these two don't produce to what the Yankees are looking for, you can release them, or demote them.
I am not saying sign Andruw Jones to be our 2009 centerfielder, because at this point i would prefer Brett Gardner. I see Jones as washed up and overwheight as well, i'm not oblivious to this at all... but let's see what he can give us in spring training, he has tremendous upside if he can return to 05/06 form.
Again, Jones is a bum... he hit 158. last year... as far as i'm concerned, he's done. But we have to remember, he now has to prove himself as a quality major league ball player, determination can carry a player.
Sign him to a minor league deal, invite him to spring, if he tears it up... try him out, if not... dump him. It's really as simple as that, if he ends up sucking tremendously, you can make fun of him and call him a fat ass... but people will end up doing that whether he succeeds or fails.
Onto Freddy Garcia...
It is looking more and more unlikely that Andy Pettite will pitch for the Yankees in 09, though i have not given up hope. But the fact remains, we need a number 5 starter, and when healthy... Freddy Garcia is a great option.
Don't get me wrong... i also wouldn't mind seeing Phil Hughes in the number 5 slot, but he could use another year in the minors to work on his cutter and getting back into near perfect game form...
It's not like we're bringing in Sidney Ponson or Darrel Rasner here, Garcia is a quality pitcher who could really help the Yankees and fit solidly into the number 5 role.
Garcia would have tremendous upside, if brought in on a minor league deal:
1. He could pitch a solid 150+ innings if he stays healthy with a decent ERA.
2. The Yankees need someone to eat up the innings that Phil Hughes and Joba can not, since they are on an innings limit.
3. The Yankee stadium scoreboard will say... "Freddy's Comin to get ya!" in every one of his starts... not quite as bad ass as having someone named Michael Myers in your bullpen... but still good.
Both signings are risk free, there won't be another... 'you're fucked!' situation like what happened with Carl Pavano or Kei Igawa...
So Yankee fans, don't hate!
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