Orioles send veteran pitcher Garcia to Atlanta for cash considerations

August 23, 2013 | WNST Staff

Thought to be a candidate for a promotion when rosters expand on Sept. 1, right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia was instead traded by the Orioles to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations on Sunday.

Though not a member of the 40-man roster, Garcia was considered as a potential option when rosters expand next month, but manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette determined they would have enough alternatives in long relief and elected to send Garcia to a National League contender.

In 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Orioles earlier this year, Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 earned run average in 53 innings of work. He was designated for assignment on June 24 before eventually accepting a minor-league assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.

The 36-year-old Garcia was 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Tides this season.