According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network, the Minnesota Twins are close to acquiring veteran southpaw Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves. SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish‘s Chris Cotillo reported yesterday that the market for Garcia was heating up and sent out a tweet earlier this evening, acknowledging the Braves scratched Aaron Blair from his start in Triple-A tonight. Potentially, he could be called up to fill Garcia’s spot on the roster and start tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Garcia, 31, has pitched well for Atlanta this season after being acquired over the winter from the St. Louis Cardinals. So far this season, the southpaw has a 3-7 record with a 4.33 ERA. He has made several quality starts, attracting interest from many teams around the league looking to add a starter before the deadline. If the deal is completed, the cost of acquiring Garcia would be reasonable. With him being a rental for the rest of the season and a free agent after 2017, a marginal prospect should get the deal done.
The Minnesota Twins are putting pressure on the Indians and Royals in the American League Central and acquiring Garcia will go a long way to prove that they are serious about contending this season, without mortgaging the farm system. The Royals were also a team considered to be in Garcia, so not only would they be strengthening their rotation for the stretch run, they would deal a blow to a division rival.
The terms of the deal are not finalized yet, but talks are definitely in the final stages.