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Freddy Garcia | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract.
Garcia, 38, pitched in Taiwan last season after failing to make the Braves' Opening Day roster. He held a 4.37 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 17 appearances -- 13 starts -- for the Orioles and Braves in 2013. Garcia will give the Dodgers some rotation depth in the minors with Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) out indefinitely and Brandon Beachy (elbow) working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Mar 30 - 10:45 PM

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Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Freddy Garcia is close to signing with an undisclosed team in Asia.

Garcia opted out of his minor league deal with the Braves after finding out he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. He was hoping to find a major league deal somewhere but had only been offered minor league deals to this point. Obviously he's apparently found a better opportunity overseas.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:59:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia is hoping to land a major league contract.

Garcia was surprisingly cut loose by the Braves toward the end of spring training and has received some minor league offers since, including from the Rangers, but he's holding out for something better. The 37-year-old right-hander had a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings over 13 starts and four relief appearances in the majors last year.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Braves released RHP Freddy Garcia.

Garcia was informed Monday that he would not be on Atlanta's Opening Day roster, so the veteran right-hander packed his things and exercised his opt-out clause. He posted a 4.76 ERA and 14/6 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 37-year-old is now on the open market and free to sign with any team.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Freddy Garcia allowed just an unearned run over 5 2/3 innings in beating a Mets split-squad on Sunday.

Garcia allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four in his first strong showing since the early portion of the spring. He'll be a part of the Braves' April rotation, but his status could be revisited once Mike Minor returns.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Freddy Garcia surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in four innings Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Garcia still seems like a lock for Atlanta's rotation with Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy and Ervin Santana all iffy for the first week or two of the season. However, he might not last much longer than that if Minor and Beachy prove healthy. He has a 6.94 ERA this spring.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Freddy Garcia flew to Miami on Saturday to be with his wife, who is in labor.

Garcia was perhaps distracted during that day's game, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins. Once he received the hook, Garcia left the ballpark and began his journey to Miami. He'll be back soon.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Freddy Garcia was perfect again Monday, setting down all nine Mets he faced in three innings.

Garcia struck out three. He's 15-for-15 retiring batters this spring as he attempts to overtake Alex Wood for a spot in Atlanta's rotation.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Freddy Garcia retired all six Tigers he faced in his start Wednesday.

Garcia, who was re-signed to a non-guaranteed contract last month, has said he won't accept a minor league assignment from the Braves. He looks like the team's sixth starter right now, but it's possible Alex Wood will be shifted to the pen to open up a spot for him. An injury could factor in, too.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 04:57:00 PM

In Braves camp on a minor league deal, Freddy Garcia said he will not go to Triple-A if he fails to make the Opening Day roster.

"I told my agent, 'If I don't make the team, I'm going home,'" Garcia said. "I'm not going back to the minor leagues, like last year. I did it last year. But if I don't make the team, I'll go home and spend time with the family." With the out clause in Garcia's contract, MLB.com's Mark Bowman says the righty "seems destined to gain a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster." He could possibly be the No. 5 starter until Gavin Floyd (elbow) is ready, but more likely he'll be used in long relief.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Braves re-signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll earn $1.25 million if he cracks the Opening Day roster, with a possible $1.75 million more available in incentives for games started or $1 million more in relief appearances. Garcia pitched well down the stretch for the Braves last season, even earning a start in their NLDS elimination game loss to the Dodgers. Overall, the right-hander posted a 4.37 ERA over 80 1/3 frames for the Braves and Orioles in 2014. It's possible he could compete for the final spot in the rotation if the Braves wind up keeping Alex Wood in the bullpen. More likely, though, is that he'll represent depth at Triple-A or be used as a long man in the bullpen.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have had dialogue with free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia.

The Mets are in the market for a veteran starter that can be had on a minor league deal to compete with Jenrry Mejia and Raphael Montero for the team's fifth starter's job, and Garcia fits the bill. The 37-year-old hurler has also proven his ability to pitch out of the bullpen in the past, which makes him an attractive option as a swingman.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 03:04:00 PM

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the Yankees are not interested in free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Garcia pitched with the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, but the club ruled out a reunion when asked by his agent. The 37-year-old posted a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings this past season at the major league level. The Braves haven't ruled out bringing him back while the Mets are reportedly considering him as rotation insurance.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 04:38:00 PM

David Lennon of New York Newsday reports that the Mets will meet with the representatives for pitchers Freddy Garcia, Johan Santana and infielder Cesar Izturis on Tuesday.

Garcia and Santana are viewed stopgap options for the rotation while Izturis could potentially fill the utility infielder role vacated by the recently non-tendered Justin Turner. All three players should come at a reasonable price.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are expected to look into free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Like with Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Mets would consider him as a stopgap option while they wait for some of their young starters to come up from the minors. Now 37 years old, Garcia posted a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings at the major league level this year, but finished strong with the Braves and even made a start in the playoffs.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 05:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
5Elliot Johnson
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
3Kyle Jensen
4Matt Carson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Juan Nicasio
7Erik Bedard
8Chris Anderson
9Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Dustin McGowan
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Sergio Santos
11Chris Withrow
12Mike Adams
13Chad Gaudin
14David Huff