Minnesota Twins Close To Acquiring Jaime Garcia From Atlanta Braves
The Twins were in the "final stages" of making a trade for Atlanta Braves lefthanded starter Jaime Garcia late Thursday night. but the deal had not been finalized by Friday afternoon and reports indicated the Braves were still in negotiations with other teams. He's struggled to a 3-7 record with a 4.33 ERA on the season, but has a track record of success at the Major League level.
So with that 4.33 ERA Garcia would slot in as the fourth best pitcher on the Twins staff, in between Adalberto Mejia and Hector Santiago.
Unfortunately for the Twins, said trade might now fall through.
While Hughes is dealing with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing shoulder, Garcia made it back from 2014 surgery for the same ailment. Garcia is the second starter the Twins have added this month as they also picked up Bartolo Colon in recent weeks.
Garcia's salary for 2017 is $12 million, and he has almost $5 million left to be paid this season. The left-hander has so much movement on his pitches he's been dominant at times back to his early days in St. Louis, but injuries and inconsistency have kept him short of his potential. His start before that he threw seven innings and allowed just two runs.
The Twins have used 11 different starting pitchers this season, a group that owns a cumulative 4.91 ERA.
However, through his first 12 starts, Garcia had an ERA of 3.16 until a string of four straight starts giving up 5+ runs, that jacked his ERA up to 4.55.
While the Twins, who recently took two of three from the New York Yankees, remain a half game behind in both the AL Central and AL wild-card standings, the Braves have fallen nine games out of the wild-card hunt in the National League.