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Atlanta Braves rumors: Free agent pitcher signs one-year deal with Atlanta

Freddy Garcia is ready to go back to the Atlanta Braves for another season.
Freddy Garcia is ready to go back to the Atlanta Braves for another season.
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Atlanta Braves rumors have the team agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Freddy Garcia. These Atlanta Braves rumors indicate Garcia will sign a one-year minor-league contract with the team. According to a report from CBS Sports on Friday (Jan. 24), the deal is worth $1.25 million and is packed with incentives should he make the starting rotation for the 2014 MLB season.

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Garcia finished off 2013 with the team, signing as a late-season addition when the pitching staff was going through some injury problems. He ended up pitching 27 1/3 innings for the team, posting a 1.65 ERA and 1.02 WHIP during several important games. He also led the team to a Game 4 victory in the NLDS by going six strong innings.

Adding another starting pitcher to the mix is a luxury for the Braves at this point, especially because the rotation looks like it might already be set. Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Brandon Beachy, and Alex Wood appear to be the primary five guys in the rotation, with Freddy Garcia serving as insurance in case someone gets hurt or struggles early on.

These Atlanta Braves rumors will likely be met with adulation from fans of the team because it gives them a good veteran presence in the dugout at a pretty inexpensive price. The potential is there that he begins the regular season as a long reliever for the team if the staff has a lot of success in Spring Training.

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