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Braves sign right-hander Aaron Harang to one-year contract

Mar 24, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

Aaron Harang AP AP

UPDATE: The Braves just announced that they have signed Garcia to a one-year major league contract.

7:11 p.m. ET: It’s done. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves are signing Harang. He’ll presumably begin the year with a rotation spot.

6:30 p.m. ET: The Braves made a surprising decision earlier today when they cut veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia loose, but it appears that they already have a potential replacement in mind for the rotation.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have interest in free agent right-hander Aaron Harang. The 35-year-old was granted his release by the Indians earlier today after he was informed that he would not make the team’s Opening Day roster.

Harang pitched well in a small sample this spring, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks over nine innings of work, but he’s coming off a rough 5.40 ERA and 113/40 K/BB ratio over 143 1/3 innings last season between the Mariners and the Mets. This would be a lateral move at best for pitching-starved Atlanta, so letting Garcia go today continues to look like a head-scratcher.

  1. Pat Richardson - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Championship.

  2. chc4 - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    And to think starting pitching was the Braves strength 3 weeks ago. Just goes to show that you can never have enough.

    • chill1184 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Pretty much, buy in bulk since you never know what might have happen.

    • tuberippin - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Happened to the Dodgers last year, too.

  3. dsnell2014 - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Explains dumping Freddy G. Can get Harang without the $1.5 mil roster bonus.

  4. realgone2 - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    All about the greenbacks. If Fred made the team he got 1.5 Million. I’m pretty sure Aaron isn’t getting anywhere near that. Plus Fred had a 4.57 ERA in 17 spring innings.

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    It’s a very shortsighted move. Freddy proved in the regular season and the playoff last year that he could still pitch decently in the NL. Harang is the type of guy whose peripherals still looks okay but is prone to giving up homers and hard contact. Garcia is the exact opposite. He’s the type of guy whose raw stuff is completely gone but is still a crafty veteran who keep his team in the game. I think they will regret this once the regular season starts. Both of these guys have been around forever and were healthy last season, which means they’re small sample ST stats don’t mean much.

  6. chaimtavish - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Harang did poor work most of the time in Seattle last season. He’s a good guy, but might win 15% of his starts. It got depressing to know he was going to be the Mariners’ starter on any given day.

  7. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    They signed Garcia again DJ?

    • genericcommenter - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      First thing I noticed.

      • bravojawja - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        I’m assuming a case of mistaken identity.

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