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Friday, January 24, 2014
Freddy Garcia gets minor league deal

By Jerry Crasnick
ESPN.com

The Atlanta Braves added potential depth to their rotation when they reached agreement on a minor league contract with veteran Freddy Garcia, according to a baseball source. Garcia's deal includes an invitation to the team's major league spring training camp.

Garcia, 37, is 156-108 with a 4.15 ERA over 15 seasons with Seattle, the Chicago White Sox and five other clubs.

Garcia spent the bulk of last season with Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk club, posting an 8-3 record with a 2.84 ERA for the Tide.

The Braves acquired Garcia for cash considerations in August after a season-ending injury to Tim Hudson, and he went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances down the stretch. Garcia pitched well enough that manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him a start against Los Angeles in the National League Division Series.

Now that Hudson has left Atlanta for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta's projected 2014 rotation consists of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood, with David Hale also in the mix for a spot.