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Braves agree to deal with P Garcia

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 24 2014 01:13:49 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 01:13:52 PM CST

The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with right-handed veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia on Friday.

CBS Sports reported that the deal is worth $1.25 million and includes incentives that vary depending on whether he starts or relieves.

Garcia, 37, made six appearances for the Braves late last season. That included three starts and three relief outings. He went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA, 1.02 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.

In the postseason, he pitched well in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers after allowing two earned runs over six innings. However, the Braves were unable to hold on after he exited the game.

The Braves look to have a rotation that includes Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood. Garcia adds depth and provides an emergency fill-in if there is an injury.