The Braves today promoted veteran Freddy Garcia and announced he will wear number 50. Garcia has experience in the job Kevin McAlpin suggests below as well as of course a starter. Since the Braves acquired him from Baltimore for cash considerations (I genuinely hope it wasn’t more than a dollar) he’s made one appearance of 3.2 innings allowing eight (8) runs on seven (7) hits for an ERA of 19.64 (No that is not a typo) and a WHIP of 3.273. In 53 innings over 11 games with the Orioles he posted a 5.39 ERA and a 1.358 WHIP. For more on Garcia check out our initial post on his acquisition.
Sounds like Freddy Garcia will serve as a long man from the #Braves bullpen
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) September 1, 2013
That’s A Wrap
Every year we seem to sign one of the lost hope players – remember Julio Lugo – whether as an act of charity or they were just rummaging around the used player store and found someone whose name they recognized I don’t have any idea. I really hope he’s there to empty the trash and mop up in the event something goes south. I think his number should be 99, the number of pitchers I’d use before him, I wouldn’t trust him to pitch batting practice. Paying him even the tiniest percentage of a major league wage is a waste of money. Worn out and below replacement level Garcia is done as a dependable arm and in the Braves pen he’s breathing air a really useful pitcher could be breathing.