Baseball Notes: Garcia signs minor-league contract with Braves

Posted: January 26, 2014

The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with righthander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big-league spring-training camp.

A 37-year-old righthander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers.

Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco. Garcia will contend for a spot in a projected rotation led by 28-year-old Kris Medlen that includes four other potential starters in their 20s.

Mets. Daisuke Matsuzaka is staying with New York. The 33-year-old righthander agreed to a minor-league contract and was invited to big-league spring-training camp next month.

Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets last year after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for Cleveland's triple-A team at Columbus.

Giants. San Francisco acquired lefthander David Huff from the Yankees for cash, two days after he was designated for assignment by New York to make room for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Cubs. Chicago agreed to a one-year contract with all-star pitcher Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration. The deal is reportedly for $3.9 million.

The Cubs' remaining arbitration-eligible players are pitcher Jeff Samardzija, second baseman Darwin Barney and outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

White Sox. Chicago said it agreed to a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura. The terms were not disclosed.

Twins. Chuck Knoblauch was elected as the newest member of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, the team announced.

Knoblauch was an elite second baseman for the Twins from 1991-1997, a four-time all-star, the AL rookie of the year in 1991 and a Gold Glove winner.

Mariners. Seattle promoted Kevin Mather to team president and chief operating officer, replacing Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring at the end of the month. - Associated Press

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