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Freddy Garcia Could Wind Up Pitching for the Colorado Rockies

ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 04:  Pitcher Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on September 4, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer IJanuary 5, 2013

The Colorado Rockies are trying to piece together a pitching staff. Freddy Garcia is a free agent pitcher looking for work. The Rockies and Garcia very well might be a match this off season.

According to the Twitter feed of Troy Renck, Denver Post Rockies writer, Colorado is looking at low risk free agents, including Garcia.

But they are not alone in courting the 36-year-old right-hander who posted a 5.20 ERA with the Yankees in 2012. As Jon Heyman of wrote, the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds have also expressed interest in him.

No longer the power pitcher of his youth, Garcia uses a slider and splitter as his out pitches. He no longer relies on his power mixed with his change up as he did when he was a younger pitcher.

Garcia was one of the main pieces in the Seattle Mariners trade of Randy Johnson to the Astros. Garcia, a Houston farm hand, fit right in with the Mariners. He posted a 17-8 record with 201 1/3 innings pitched in his rookie year of 1999.

In 2001, he led the American League with a 3.05 ERA and 238 2/3 innings pitched.

As a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox, he won 14 games with a 3.87 ERA over 228 innings pitched. He would go on to win all three of his post season starts including a complete game victory in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Anaheim Angels. 

Garcia threw eight shutout innings and got the win in the 2005 World Series clincher.

He keeps finding ways to win, posting back to back 12 win seasons in 2010 and 2011 A subpar 2012 with the Yankees made him available now.

The Rockies hope they can catch a little lightning in a bottle with the veteran Garcia. 

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