Braves promote Freddy Garcia And Fans Wonder WHY? Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Promote Freddy Garcia - Wait What?

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.


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.

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  • fireboss

    Joe Beimel, Cory Gearrin , Yohan Flande must feel real good about now

    • cheadrick

      Agreed. Is Wren the absolute luckiest GM on earth at times? Garcia has experience, and sometimes that goes a long way. He afforded our other long relievers lots of rest, and that’s good in and of itself.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Along the lines of the Garcia signing, what of recently DFA’d Daniel Bard? Could he be a minor league signing that could pay off? He’d need to be protected on the 40-man if acquired currently, but he’s one to consider for 2014 as he could be a Rule V pick that can be stored on the DL while he rehabs from surgery and if he’s what he was in the setup role for the Red Sox before they attempted to stretch him out, he could be a huge boost…not that the Braves lack in great bullpen arms, but if he could come out and be the same guy he was in 2009-2011, he could be quickly flipped for value as well.

    • fireboss

      Bard isn’t having surgery, he’s got a case of the yips. Can’t find the strike zone, often can;t find the catcher. Red Sox tried everything apparently but it hasn’t worked this the release, Here’s the details and it’s a sad story for a talented guy.

      • Benjamin Chase

        Ah, I had heard that the Red Sox weren’t pleased with the “progress of his rehab”, and I assumed that they’d found a medical reason behind his struggles that I hadn’t read about yet. To me, that’d make him even more intriguing as a minor league guy. If he makes it, amazing…if not, it’s a minor league deal.

        • fireboss

          In the past 5 years Wren has signed Riodrigo Lopez twice, Scott Proctor 4 times and Julio Lugo. Bard is a little too likely to succeed for his profile but why not, we can always convert him to an outfielder ala Ankiel