Braves Acquire Freddy Garcia from Baltimore

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In something that has to been viewed as a just-in-case move, the Atlanta Braves have received their second pitcher from Baltimore this year:  veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia (Luis Ayala was added in mid-April), according to Orioles’ sources and reported on the mlbtraderumors.com site.

Garcia, 36, has been in the majors since 1999 and is now (as of today) with his ninth different organization (White Sox twice).  He was both in Baltimore and Norfolk (their AAA affiliate) this year… and most recently with the latter, posting an 8-3 record and a 2.84 ERA over 82 innings.

This tweet answers the next obvious question:

Mark Bowman@mlbbowman The #Braves have acquired Freddy Garcia from the Orioles for cash considerations. Garcia will be sent to Gwinnett.

So he’s not replacing anyone on the major league roster at this point.  Regardless, he’s available in the event that the Braves either get really bad news from Brandon Beachy‘s visit to see Dr. Andrews or even if Beachy is out for a while and something else happens in the meantime.  Being added before September 1st, Garcia could be added to the playoff roster if needed.

In his major league appearances this year (May 4-June 23), Garcia has struggled:  3-5 record in 53 innings with a 5.77 ERA (6.71 FIP).  He’s striking out only 4-5 per 9 innings; walking half that many.  The home run ball has been his downfall – serving up nearly one for every three innings pitched.  In making this deal, Garcia was not subject to waiver considerations as he was not on the Orioles’ 40-man list.  For this reason, he also need not yet be added to the Braves’ 40-man roster.

Over his lengthy career, Garcia has compiled a 155-106 record with a lifetime ERA in the majors of 4.18.  His last “good” year was with the Yankees in 2011:  12-8 / 3.62 in 146.2 innings.  Since entering the league, Freddy ranks 14th in Wins (Tim Hudson is first with 205), 16th in starts (370; Hudson first again – 426), and 18th in innings pitched (2236.2; Tim’s 3rd behind Livan Hernandez on that list).

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Freddy Garcia, Trade

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  • cheadrick

    Yeah I remember Freddy. He’s the southern cousin of Slim Pickens from the GraspingForStraws Indy League. ;) Seriously, we have the Johnsons – Reed, Chris, and Elliot. Now we have the Freddies – Fredi, Freddie, and Freddie… you pick the order of the latter two. This is getting ridiculous lol

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Next headline: Braves to acquire Kate Upton.

      • fireboss

        She’d get more hits than BJ an dmaybe Verlander would coe with her?

        • cheadrick

          Was tempted to throw up a more risque’ pic, but I figured I’d let you guys use your imagination. Like to see her shaggin? Fly balls?

          • fireboss

            I’d like to study her form more closely before commenting. I’m sure she has a curve or two but I don’t know more than that

      • cheadrick

        Now that’s an acquisition! I could watch her doin that funky dance on YouTube all day. lol

    • fireboss

      We should sign Randy Johnson as a coach that would give us the liongest Johnson. Since we’re matching up…We could add A J Hinch, D J LeMahieu, EJ Stoltzfus and JJ Hardy to go with BJ and CJ (I couldn’t find an actual FJ GJ HJ or KJ) I know CJ isn’t really a Cj but … man
      Freddy Sanchez is available I think, Freddy Guzman too…

      I need a drink.. Actually JJ Hardy at second isn’t a bad idea…

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        KJ – Kelly Johnson. Fits the meme in sooo many ways.

        • fireboss

          Yep and I’d take him at second right now.

      • cheadrick

        We used to have a vaJJ. Got rid of him from the rotation thank goodness.

        • fireboss

          Yea but Hardy can hit and field..

  • fireboss

    I. . .Well…. Um. . .

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Honestly, Garcia is the ultimate stash-in-AAA guy. He required no 40-man roster move, there was no one to compete with for a waiver claim, and he’s got tons of experience. Probably the best pitcher meeting all of those criteria. It’s a total break-glass-in-case-of-emergency situation, and cost virtually nothing.

      That said… let’s hope he isn’t needed.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    **NEWS: Todd Cunningham recalled. Dunno who got put onto the DL… Beachy is possible, but he won’t even see Andrews until Monday.

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