Freddy Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Padres and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.3 million, plus another $1.25 million in potential incentives.
So he’ll likely make the team and secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation at age 36, but the Padres can delay any roster decisions because he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster yet.
Garcia had a 5.20 ERA in 107 innings for the Yankees last season and is running on fumes velocity-wise, but posted his best strikeout rate in years and had a 3.62 ERA for New York in 2011. And of course Petco Park is a good spot for any pitcher.
Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted to the majors this weekend, per a report from Jack Curry of the YES Network. Torres was expected to make his debut earlier in the season, but his starting date was pushed back after he suffered a bout of back tightness last Monday. Now, however, it looks like he’s finally healthy enough to make an impact on a team that’s in sore need of an offensive boost. As of Saturday evening, the team has yet to officially confirm the move.
The 21-year-old infielder has made quite the impression in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this spring, slashing .370/.415/.543 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his first 53 plate appearances. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, he was ranked first overall in the Yankees’ system and fifth among the league’s best prospects (via MLB Pipeline). His numbers at the plate have been made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm; neither the injury nor the lengthy recovery process seems to have had any detrimental effect on his game play this year.
While Torres appears most comfortable as a shortstop, he’s not expected to supplant Didi Gregorius in a starting role. Instead, it’s more likely that he’ll sub in at second and third base among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes.