Sports in Brief: Yanks reportedly re-sign Garcia

Former Phillie Freddy Garcia reportedly re-signed with the Yankees. (Jerry Lodriguss / Staff file photo)
Former Phillie Freddy Garcia reportedly re-signed with the Yankees. (Jerry Lodriguss / Staff file photo) (INQ LODRIGUSS)
Posted: November 25, 2011

The New York Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Yankees had been surveying the free-agent market for pitchers. General manager Brian Cashman met with Bob Garber, the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt. However, team insiders told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews that the Yankees are skittish on both pitchers.

Garcia was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts for the Yankees last season. The 35-year-old righty struck out 96 and walked 45 in 1462/3 innings.

The San Francisco Giants have declined to offer salary arbitration to free-agent outfielders Cody Ross and Pat Burrell.

The Giants still could re-sign Ross, but Burrell has said he will likely retire because his troublesome right foot hasn't healed. Burrell batted .230 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 92 games last season.

Ross batted .240 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs last season. He won the NL Championship Series MVP in 2010 against the Phillies after being acquired off waivers from Florida late that season.

The Giants also were unable to offer arbitration to outfielder Carlos Beltran under terms of his contract.

The New York Mets owners have been ordered to undergo a jury trial if the case against them by the trustee for the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme goes forward.

In a six-page order, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff agreed with trustee Irving Picard and turned down arguments by the ownership group headed by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, who claimed the case should be decided by a judge because it began in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The Chicago Cubs have offered salary arbitration to free agents Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena.

GOLF: Australia's Richard Green and Brendon Jones shot an 11-under 61 in better-ball play Thursday to take a 2-stroke lead in the World Cup.

OLYMPICS: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will serve as a top adviser to a panel supporting Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Tokyo, which campaigned for the 2016 Olympics but lost out to Rio de Janeiro, is up against Doha, Qatar; Istanbul, Turkey; Madrid; and Rome.

CYCLING: Organizers say the Tour de France will start in Corsica for the 100th edition of the race in 2013.

It will be the first time the race visits the French island.

- Staff and wire reports

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