Orioles trade Freddy Garcia to Atlanta

Orioles trade Freddy Garcia to Atlanta
August 23, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BALTIMORE –- The Orioles traded Freddy Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations on Friday.

The 36-year-old Garcia, who has 155 major league wins, was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances with the Orioles. He’s spent most of his year with Norfolk, where he was 8-3 with a 2.84 ERA.

Atlanta will send Garcia to Triple-A Gwinnett for now.

Garcia had some memorable performances for the Orioles. He threw six no-hit innings in his first start in early May at Anaheim, and allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings against the Nationals on May 30.

The Orioles signed Garcia near the end of spring training, and he twice agreed to go to Norfolk, but ended up staying there longer than he originally agreed.

"It was an ethical thing as much as an evaluation,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Freddy’s going to be in the big leagues for them, and we weren’t sure that that’s where we were going to go—for sure. I think he deserved that opportunity. Now, if we’re playing the Braves in the World Series and he’s sticking it to us, we’ll probably regret it. But, in the long run, this is what’s best for Freddy and his career, and I applaud Dan and the organization for doing it the way they did it.”

Garcia has pitched in the postseason in 2000 and 2001 with Seattle, the World Series champion Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the Yankees in 2011.