Braves release Garcia, add Harang as work continues on pitching staff

The Atlanta Braves released veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia on Monday, and signed another veteran righty, Aaron Harang, to take his place.

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. However, even with starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last week, he failed to make the roster.

In five spring starts, Garcia posted a 4.76 ERA.

Garcia 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.

Harang signed a one-year major league contract. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Harang will wear uniform No. 34.

Harang, 35, went 5-12 with a 5.40 ERA in 26 starts between the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets last season. He began 2014 spring training with the Cleveland Indians.

Over 12 major league seasons, Harang owns a 110-116 record with a 4.28 ERA in 325 appearances (319 starts). Over the last 10 seasons (2004-13), he averaged 29 starts per year and logged at least 140 innings pitched nine times. Harang led the league in 2006 in both strikeouts (216) and wins (16). Since 2004, he ranks 10th in the majors with 1790.2 innings pitched and ninth in games started with 289.

Harang was originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round of the 1999 draft and has made major league appearances with the Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and New York Mets.

Right-hander Ervin Santana, who recently signed a one-year deal with Atlanta, joins Julio Teheran, Alex Wood and David Hale in the rotation. Mike Minor is expected to rejoin the rotation in mid-April after he recovers from a shoulder problem.