A few days ago, I wrote about how the Yankees seemed to be obsessed with signing players who were good in 2005. I mistakenly wrote that they had picked up ’05 All Star Justin Duchscherer. It turns out he was courted by the Yankees but signed with the Orioles.
No worries. The Yankees got Freddy Garcia today. Guess when he had one of his best seasons, logging in 228 innings to an ERA of 3.87, going 3-0 in the post season including a complete game in the ALCS and winning the World Series clincher?
That would be 2005.
Since then? He’s been battling injuries, missing most of 2007, 2008 and 2009 before winning 12 games last year for the White Sox.
It is an improvement. Unlike Colon and Prior, Garcia hasn’t missed an entire season!
But the 2005 fascination continues with the Yankees.
Hey! Kevin Millwood is still out there. In 2005 he threw 192 innings for a 2.86 ERA as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
Granted last year he posted a 5.10 ERA and opponents his .292 off of him. It doesn’t matter. All that matters to the Yankees these days is “How did he do in 2005?”