No one would have imagined about half-way through the 2013 season that Freddy Garcia would produce one of the better stories of the entire 2013 MLB Postseason by dueling successfully with Clayton Kershaw but it happened. Likewise many might not suspect that the Atlanta Braves signing Garcia with a potential to earn a spot on the 25-man roster is a great move but it is. Garcia more than proved himself down the stretch with the Braves and to revisit that situation is a perfect idea for the Braves.
They need a veteran ace but they are not going to pay high enough in money or in prospects to get one. Outside of that possibility, Garcia might be their best fall-back option. He proved that is a very capable starter when given the chance and that, as manager Fredi Gonzalez said more than once, he knows how to work his way through a major league line-up. In addition to that good side is that Garcia has come out of the bullpen as well.
He can do both things at the same time basically, sticking with a bullpen role and able to leap directly into a starting role if he is needed to do so. The Braves could well chose to go with a starting rotation full of young guys but if they see that they need a solid veteran starter among the five, Garcia will be difficult to beat in that role. He could potentially be as effective in that role as Tim Hudson was one year ago. It is a great signing by the Braves and they should ensure he makes the team.