Braves Release Garcia Then Boom Harang

Aaron Harang

Aaron Harang

After the Braves released Freddy Garcia yesterday I was ready to write an article about what a mistake I thought they had made.  I like players who can produce in the clutch and Garcia was great last season in September and then in the playoff game against the Dodgers.

Too often over the years the Braves have had players who are solid April to August and then down the stretch and in the playoffs they fold up like a card table.  I think Garcia deserved another chance to pitch for the Braves this season.

Sure Garcia’s velocity has diminished to the point that I can almost catch him bare handed, but the guy was getting people out and that is the bottom line.  His spring numbers were very good when you take out the bad start the day his wife went into labor.

Then after the Braves released Garcia, boom they signed veteran Aaron Harang.  I’ve always liked Harang, he has been one of the better power pitchers in the National League over the years.  Unfortunately, he’s lost a few miles per hour off his fastball, but the Braves say he is still throwing 91-92.  Kris Medlen was throwing 89/90 last season and Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are usually 91-93, so Harang still has major league velocity.

Harang went 10-12 with the Dodgers in 2012 with a 3.61 ERA in 179 2/3 innings.  He struggled last season in the American League but had a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings with the Mets.  So he still knows how to get National League hitters out.

Hate to see Garcia leave, but I think Harang is a helluva pick-up for the Braves at this late stage in the spring.

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Wayne Canon
Wayne Canon

Frankly…..I don’t see the point in this decision. I thought Garcia was doing unexpectedly well this spring. Their experience level is roughly equal, I don’t think the money was an issue…..and Harang was just released by the Cleveland Indians where Terry Francona is the manager. (He should know something about pitching talent.)
I’m at a loss to understand this decision. Maybe someone on the Braves staff has some inside info…
I really wish all the best to Freddy Garcia.

Rusty
Rusty
I don’t get it either. Aaron Harang has never be anything but mediocre. If they were going to gamble on pitchers I can name two. Tampa Bay just released Erik Bedrad because he didn’t want to go to Triple A. His record with Houston last year doesn’t show how well he actually pitched. The second one is a Cleveland cast off that the Pirates are still misusing. Jeanmer Gomez is being totally wasted in middle relief by Pittsburgh. He should be a starter and he could step right in and give th Braves a minmmum of 6 sharp innings everytime… Read more »
Wayne Canon
Wayne Canon
I did read one blog headline that sums up my thinking about Garcia/Harang: ‘Is Harang more mediocre than Garcia?’ Jim and Dawg do bring up some good points. Maybe this thing will work out I just read about Bedard being released. Sounds about the same sort of situation as Garcia. The Gomez release hasn’t reached the Pirates official site yet. They certainly ought to look at both as options. (any port in a storm.) . They say that in a bar around closing time, all the girls look pretty. Well, right now it’s around closing time at spring training, and… Read more »
Nate Dawg
Nate Dawg

LOL yep! Both have something in common; the wrong way to base roster decisions is called ST, while picking the wrong woman will add a D at the end of ST. lol

Wayne Canon
Wayne Canon

ROTF dawg, ROTF

Nate Dawg
Nate Dawg
Simple, it was between A: Freddy Garcia and B: The Better Option. Why? 1. They got the guy who has the edge in K potential by a full 2 per game, while walking the same amount of batters. 2. They got the guy who was two years younger, which means a lot more when 3. Freddy Garcia hasn’t been above average since he was 28, now at a stage where every year means a ton. His ceiling was to start him at 4.50/1.30 without any Ks. Harang might do that, but then again in this park with this defense he… Read more »
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