Who Should the Yankees Sign? Part Five: Matt Garza

First time I’m doing a pitcher in this series with……

Part Five:

RHP Matt Garza

Born: November 26, 1983 (Age 30) in Selma, CA

Major League Debut: August 11, 2006

Teams Played For: Minnesota Twins (2006-2007), Tampa Bay Rays (2008-2010), Chicago Cubs (2011-2013), Texas Rangers (2013)

By the Numbers-

2013 numbers: 155.1 IP, 10-6, 3.82 ERA, 106 ERA+, 136 K, 1.24 WHIP, 3.88 FIP, 3.73 xFIP

Career numbers: 1182.1 IP, 67-67, 3.84 ERA, 108 ERA+, 1001 K, 1.28 WHIP, 3.98 FIP, 4.00 xFIP

Previous contract: 1 year, $10.25 million

Projected contract (from FanGraphs): 4 years, $58.7 million, $14.7 million AAV

Pros- Garza is a perfect choice for a #2 or #3 starter. He’s good for close to 200 innings when healthy. He has plenty of experience in the AL East, as he had a 3.89 ERA during his three years in Tampa Bay. His control and strikeout power have improved over the last three seasons, as he put up rates of 8.4 K/9 and 3.13 K/BB.

Cons- He has a tendency to give up the long ball; that’s the first thing that jumps out. He’s given up 102 home runs in his last five seasons, a 1.1 per nine innings rate. That could balloon in Yankee Stadium. He’s had a recent history of injuries, as he’s started just 42 games in the last two seasons. Double red flag.

Verdict- Garza may be a safer bet than Ubaldo Jimenez or Rickey Nolasco. The contract he is projected to get is similar to what John Lackey and A.J. Burnett (uh-oh…) got. With the Yankees desperate for starting pitching, he may be a good investment and a perfect #2 or #3 guy.

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