The Google translation isn’t perfect, but today Freddy Garcia was quote in a Venezuelan newspaper saying he would prefer to pitch in New York next season. Here’s the rough quote, according to Google:
“I love to stay in Chicago because I love the city and here I have friends,” Garcia said. “But I do not expect to return. Anyway, thanks for the trust last year, but a team like New York would be ideal match the status of my career. ”
You get the idea, anyway.
It’s not the first time Garcia has expressed a preference for New York. Last week he said — again, roughly translated — “My preference is to stay with the New York Yankees.”
At 35 years old, Garcia managed 12 wins and a 4.64 ERA with the White Sox last season. That’s not terrible production for a guy who would be auditioning for the last spot in the rotation. Garcia was better in the first half than the second half, but pitched pretty well in his last five starts (2.42 ERA, White Sox won four of those games).
In other free agent starter news, Rodrigo Lopez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves. Lopez was a league-leader last season. He lead the National League in losses and earned run. Yikes.
By the way, it might shock you to learn that I don’t often read Venezuelan newspapers. Thanks to MLBTradeRumors for the heads up on the Garcia stuff.