MLB notes: Yanks bring back Garcia

New York Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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Pitcher Freddy Garcia has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the New York Yankees, according to ESPN.com.

With Garcia back, the Yankees could have a similar starting rotation to the past season: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett, Garcia and Phil Hughes.

Garcia, 35, went 12-8 with a 3.62 earned-run average in 2011. His new contract is reported to be worth $5 million.

O'S CLOSE IN ON CHONG

Right-hander Tae-Hyon Chong, 33, who has an unusual submarine delivery, is close to signing with the Baltimore Orioles, MASN Sports reports.

The Korean pitcher likely would pitch in relief.

Orioles executive vice-president Dan Duquette said nothing would be finalized until after the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.

Chong has spent 11 seasons with the SK Wyverns in Korea and has pitched internationally at the World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009 and the 2008 Olympics.

Korean media reports said the pitcher would get $3.2 million over two years.

PARTING GIFT FOR PHILS

ESPN.com reports that Raul Ibanez declined an arbitration offer from the Phillies in a pre-arranged deal that will net Philadelphia a supplemental draft pick.

The 39-year-old outfielder is a Type B free agent whose status is unchanged by the arbitration offer and his new team will not need to surrender a draft pick.

BRIEFLY

The Yankees have signed former Blue Jays utility man Jayson Nix, the Post reports. Nix, 29, appeared in 46 Jays games in 2011 ... Former Jays catcher Jose Molina has been talking with the Tampa Bay Rays, as reported last week. Now, his signing appears imminent, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Molina, 36, started 48 games for the Jays in 2011.


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