Happening Elsewhere: Freddy Garcia Latest Big-Name Yanks Acquisition

Happening Elsewhere: Freddy Garcia Latest Big-Name Yanks Acquisition

I know it's almost not funny to keep piling on the Yanks at this point of the off-season--almost--but man, they're making it easy. After a disappointing free agent haul that saw the team miss out on all their Type A targets (except for relief pitcher Rafael Soriano, who GM Brian Cashman might not even have wanted in the first place), the Bronx Bombers have had to settle for a number of underwhelming, lower-profile signings in their stead. Notable mostly by its contrast to New York winters past, it's always a treat to see the Yanks have to fight for such scraps as Spring Training nears.

And whether by coincidence or design, these lesser signings have all had the distinct air of being about a half-decade too late. Mark Prior, Russell Martin, Andruw Jones, Bartolo Colon (!!)--and now, our old friend Freddy Garcia, signed to a $1.5 million deal conditional on Freddy making the major-league roster, with a couple mil available in incentive bonuses.

Garcia, you likely recall, was once the prized off-season landing of the Phillies organization. After spending a couple all-star seasons with the Mariners and winning a World Series ring with the White Sox, the Phils dealt a duo of pitching prospects (Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez, both of whom are solid starters in the majors today) for Garcia with the intention of him becoming the rock of the team's 2007 rotation. Didn't exactly work out that way, as Freddy suffered a pre-season shoulder injury that plagued him for his first eleven starts, before he was shut down for the season with only a single W under his belt, and shown the door the next autumn.

Since then, Garcia has done a decent job of rehabilitating his career, eventually landing back in Chicago as a consistent if unspectacular innings-eater for the Sox. Last year, he went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts--more outings than he'd managed in the last three seasons combined. In New York, he (potentially) joins a rotation with CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and a whole lot of question marks, as the Yanks try to figure out if Ivan Nova is worth a damn, if AJ Burnett should still have a career and if Andy Pettitte can be coaxed out of retirement one last time.

Reports say that the Yanks are closing in on Adam Eaton and Kris Benson as well, but are playing it cool in the negotiations to "avoid looking desperate."

ESPN: Yanks, Freddy Garcia Agree

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild