Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fine I’ll Say It, Jaime Garcia Sucks


When the New York Yankees sent Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns to the Minnesota Twins for left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia I have to admit that I was a bit underwhelmed. I have to admit that I understood the logic behind the deal, the Twins were paying Garcia’s entire salary basically while the Yankees cleared a bit of their 40 man roster and Rule 5 Draft logjam while acquiring a veteran starter with playoff and postseason experience. The deal allowed the Yankees to limit the innings on Jordan Montgomery, which I also get, and the team improved their bullpen on paper making Garcia’s starts on the mound presumably less important and shorter. The problem is, and no one else is saying it just yet, Jaime Garcia sucks. There, I said it.

The good news is, as I alluded to, that Garcia is not only a rental but a rental on another team’s dime. The even better news is that we are two days away from September call ups meaning that reinforcements could potentially be on the way for New York. Chance Adams may be added to the 40 man roster this September and if he is then he will all but be called up to the Major Leagues after the Triple-A season ends, congrats to the RailRiders by the way for winning their division and clinching a postseason spot for the third consecutive season. Adams was on the mound when the team clinched their division title as the righty pushed his career minor league record to 31-6 with a 2.23 ERA. Roster jam and all Adams has very little to nothing left to prove down in the minor leagues and the Yankees need to realize that.


Jordan Montgomery will also be back at the Major League level after rosters expand and after the RailRiders season ends just in case the Yankees need some innings, although I know the team wants to limit his innings as much as they can. If Adams doesn’t come up I could totally see Montgomery making some starts down the stretch including the series finale against Boston over this coming weekend instead of Garcia leaving Jaime as the long reliever in the bullpen. That’s what the Yankees should do anyway, whether they do it or not is anyone’s guess. I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. One thing is for certain though, Jaime Garcia sucks. 

6 comments:

  1. I could have told you that Garcia stunk Cashman got snookered on this deal I think the other give chance Adams a chance

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    1. We never needed Garcia to be an ace, just a lot better than he has been. Which shouldn't be hard since he's stunk up the joint.

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  2. I've said it before that the only reason the Minnesota Twins traded Garcia to the Yankees is because they wanted to give themselves a decent chance to grab the Wild Card from New York.

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    1. I never thought of it that way but it sure is playing out that way, isn't it?

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  3. Garcia was acquired to show Oakland that we didn't really need Gray because already picked up another starter. It was leverage. Being that he's a rental on Minnesota's dime, they had nothing to lose, possible leverage in the Gray deal, and maybe Garcia would step up when he got to New York...which he hasn't. The acquisition also helped with Montgomery's inning limits. Feel bad for the guy, but unless something major happens with him soon, we won't see him when the season ends.

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    1. They had nothing to lose in acquiring him, agree. The team has everything to lose by continuing to throw him out there every fifth day which is my main concern and point of this post. I am growing tired of seeing an "L" every fifth day because this guy can't get even mediocre American League hitting teams out consistently.

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