Twins acquire Garcia from Braves

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Despite the better-than-expected start to the season, new Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have said they will be active as the trade deadline approaches, but didn't anticipate sacrificing some of their top-rated prospects to land a major name.

Garcia was unfazed by the trade rumors when he took the mound at Dodger Stadium Friday night, one day after almost being sent to the Twins.

So what did the Twins get?

Minnesota acquired Garcia, a nine-year veteran with postseason experience, from the Braves along with veteran catcher Anthony Recker and cash, almost a week after rumors surfaced that a deal was close. Garcia has an extensive medical and injury history, having made a positive return from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Tommy John Surgery, while also facing issues with his shoulder and neck at times as well. He's more of a matchup play, especially now that he'll be facing a DH in the AL.

Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, 41 walks and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts for Atlanta this year.

Recker, 33, has appeared in 206 major league games with four teams, including the past two seasons in Atlanta. Recker is a quality receiver with some legit pop in his bat off the bench, but he's probably best suited as a third catcher. He's hoping to carry some of that magic to the Twin cities.

What did the Minnesota Twins give up? Ynoa debuted with the Twins just two years ago after he was signed out of the Dominican Republic.

Molitor said Busenitz has worked on improving his breaking pitch to complement his fastball and slider, which made him an obvious choice for the bullpen vacancy. Huascar works with multiple variations of his fastball, working with a two-seam, four-seam, split-finger, and cut fastball.

As part of the deal, the Braves agreed to pay the remaining $4.6 million on Garcia's contract, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirmed.

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