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Braves re-sign Freddy Garcia

Jan 24, 2014, 12:05 PM EST

Freddy Garcia AP

Freddy Garcia found the fountain of youth down the stretch for Atlanta, posting a 1.65 ERA in 27 innings after looking just about washed up for the Orioles and at Triple-A, and now the Braves have re-signed the 37-year-old to a minor-league deal.

Barring injuries it’ll be awfully tough for Garcia to crack the Braves’ rotation coming out of spring training, so he’ll either fill a long-relief role or provide veteran depth to stash at Triple-A.

Overall last season he threw 80 innings with a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio.

  1. realgone2 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I like this. He was impressive against the dodgers in the NLDS. He got robbed. This is way better than signing a not even ready gavin floyd.

  2. ramrene - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    >… found the fountain of youth…

    Code for “taking steroids”.

  3. nymets4ever - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Stat-lovers smirked at the idea of Garcia using his veteran guile and know-how to give the Braves a solid emergency start in that playoff game against the Dodgers. Well, it turns out he was more than solid…and just got re-signed.

    • realgone2 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      I’m surprised the Mets didn’t give him a try.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        1.65 @ 27 innings is sexy
        4.37 @ 80 innings not so sexy

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        not really.

        1.65 @ 27 innings sexy
        4.37 @ 80 innings not so sexy

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Interesting, obviously a lot less money, but still…Freddie’s got a job, Arroyo, E. Santana, and Jiminez don’t. I really figured they would get jobs as soon as Tanaka was signed. Lot’s of pitchers have signed since then but 3 of the top four FA pitchers are still out there.

  5. sawxalicious - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I think Arroyo is just waiting for the right situation. Santana and Jimenez are feeling the crunch of the Qualifying Offer scarlet letter. I think the QO situation will cost them a LOT of money by the time they sign. I think the next time MLB and the MLBPA have negotiations, this will be a major issue.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Agreed. The MLBPA is, I think, going to want that draft pick rule changed, if not ended outright. In a small sense it is making Free Agency not entirely “free”.

  6. NatsLady - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    I don’t like Freddy Garcia. He pitched one great game for the Orioles before he was released. That game was against the Nats.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    This guy is the most Lefty right-handed pitcher I have ever seen.

  8. wpjohnson - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    He is a better risk than Gavin Floyd.

  9. foreverchipper10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    So essentially it is Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia to replace Tim Hudson. That is a loss no matter how you look at it.

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