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Braves release Garcia, sign Harang

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A few hours after releasing veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia, the Atlanta Braves announced on Friday they signed another veteran right-hander, Aaron Harang, to a one-year deal.

Harang, 35, was granted his release by the Cleveland Indians earlier Friday after he was told he would not make the team's Opening Day roster.

Harang allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks over nine innings during the spring.

Last season, while pitching for the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets, he went a combined 5-12 with a 5.40 ERA with the two clubs.

"Our reports on him in September and this spring have been very good," Braves general manager Frank Wren said, according to MLB.com. "We just felt he was a good fit for us."

The Braves needed starting pitching. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week, and Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd are expected to be on the disabled list until late April.

Harang was is much the same situation as Garcia, who was given his unconditional release after the Braves informed him that he would not be on their Opening Day roster.

Garcia, 37, signed a minor league contract in January to provide rotation depth, and he would have earned $1.25 million if he made the team.

In five spring starts, Garcia posted a 4.76 ERA.

"They said they didn't want to pick up my (contract)," Garcia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I gotta go. ... I don't have anything to say."

Garcia, 37, had a 5.77 ERA before getting released from the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. After joining the Braves late in the season, he had a 1.65 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances.

"We thought through it a lot, and (Garcia) had a (heck) of a spring and we think highly of him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the signing of Harang, according to MLB.com. "But I think where we're at in Spring Training right now, we're going to keep our options open a little bit. He did everything we asked. He was a guy everybody loved in the clubhouse. They really enjoyed playing with him."
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