LADY AT THE BAT: The 2014 Yankees: Why Not Matt Garza?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 2014 Yankees: Why Not Matt Garza?

At this point in the off-season, signing Robinson Cano is priority number one for the New York Yankees.  After he is signed (or, not signed) there are, of course, many other holes to fill.

Depending on what Hiroki Kuroda decides to do, at least one of those holes is in the starting rotation.  So far, the only name being bandied about as a possible solution is Masahiro Tanaka.  I've already mentioned how wary I am of signing another Japanese import. However, I haven't suggested an alternative. Until now.

Matt Garza.

Why not?  I know that his numbers are average: A 67-67 lifetime record with a 3.84 ERA. However, Garza has experience pitching in the American League, including three years in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is a solid right-handed pitcher who I see slotting right into the middle of the rotation.

According to Baseball Reference he made $10,250,000 last year. I haven't heard what kind of contract he's looking for, but with the Yankees looking as if they'll toss Plan 189 out the window, I believe they can afford to work something out with Garza.

Garza might be off the market before the Cano matter is settled, however. If that's the case, Cano had better be signed. Otherwise, time won't be the only thing the Yankees will have wasted.

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