Plus there’s the fact that Garland is a bona fide innings-eater, on pace to top 190 innings for the eighth straight year. Given the Dodgers’ and Yankees’ innings-cap concerns surrounding Clayton Kershaw and Joba Chamberlain — not to mention those two teams’ deep pockets — Garland’s presence would allow those two teams to pace their youngsters more judiciously, and at a salary those deep-pocketed teams could afford.
I have been generally dismissive of Garland, but he would not be a terrible option. As the excerpt notes, he is an innings eater, so he is likely to soak up frames and keep your bullpen relatively fresh while providing league average pitching (career ERA+ of 104). He also has pitched well in two career postseason starts, for whatever that is worth. He should come cheap in terms of players, and is not terribly expensive at 6.25 million for 2009. He does have a 2010 mutual option at 10 million, which would require a buyout of 2.5 million if the Yankees chose to decline it.
What do you think?