Now that the Yankees have CC Sabathia locked up long term they’ve turned their attention to re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to agent Peter Greenberg.
Greenberg told Mark Hale of the New York Post that “there’s definitely interest on their part and there’s interest on Freddy’s part in coming back.”
Garcia provided great value on a one-year, $1.5 million contract that also contained lots of incentives, throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA and 96/45 K/BB ratio at age 34. It was his first sub-4.00 ERA since 2005.
If the Yankees aren’t able to re-sign Garcia before he hits the open market they’ll likely offer him arbitration to get a supplemental draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere. Garcia could simply accept the arbitration offer and force the Yankees into a one-year deal, but that seems unlikely considering he should have at least a few other suitors.
The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.
Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.
The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.