The Atlanta Braves released veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia yesterday. Even though he wasn’t pitching well during Spring Training (4.76 ERA in five starts), the move was considered a surprise considering the state of Atlanta’s rotation. He also pitched pretty well for them at the end of the 2013 season. Should Garcia be a guy the Arizona Diamondbacks can look at to get them through the first month of the season?
Before you start to giggle, you have to understand that the pitching woes of the D’backs are no laughing matter. Consider this: Patrick Corbin is done for the season. Bronson Arroyo is supposed to throw this week but there will be questions about his back. Trevor Cahill seems to be in a perpetual funk that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. If he makes the team out of Spring Training, can Archie Bradley keep the walks down? Can Randall Delgado keep the home runs down? You can’t tell me that you are feeling so confident in the rotation that you couldn’t at least entertain the idea of Garcia donning Sedona Red. What seemed to be a strength a month ago now has some holes that threaten to become gaping.
The flip side is that the Braves appear to be in much worse shape with their pitching and if Garcia couldn’t stick with them, how bad is he? Still, for a D’back team looking at big things in 2014, signing him to get them through the first month of the season may not be the worst thing in the world.