Freddy Garcia SP ATL 5 Months

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Freddy Garcia is close to signing with an undisclosed team in Asia.

Garcia opted out of his minor league deal with the Braves after finding out he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. He was hoping to find a major league deal somewhere but had only been offered minor league deals to this point. Obviously he's apparently found a better opportunity overseas.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 6 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent right-hander Freddy Garcia is hoping to land a major league contract.

Garcia was surprisingly cut loose by the Braves toward the end of spring training and has received some minor league offers since, including from the Rangers, but he's holding out for something better. The 37-year-old right-hander had a 4.37 ERA and 46/17 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings over 13 starts and four relief appearances in the majors last year.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 6 Months

Braves released RHP Freddy Garcia.

Garcia was informed Monday that he would not be on Atlanta's Opening Day roster, so the veteran right-hander packed his things and exercised his opt-out clause. He posted a 4.76 ERA and 14/6 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 37-year-old is now back on the open market.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 6 Months

Freddy Garcia allowed just an unearned run over 5 2/3 innings in beating a Mets split-squad on Sunday.

Garcia allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four in his first strong showing since the early portion of the spring. He'll be a part of the Braves' April rotation, but his status could be revisited once Mike Minor returns.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 6 Months

Freddy Garcia surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in four innings Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Garcia still seems like a lock for Atlanta's rotation with Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy and Ervin Santana all iffy for the first week or two of the season. However, he might not last much longer than that if Minor and Beachy prove healthy. He has a 6.94 ERA this spring.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 7 Months

Freddy Garcia flew to Miami on Saturday to be with his wife, who is in labor.

Garcia was perhaps distracted during that day's game, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins. Once he received the hook, Garcia left the ballpark and began his journey to Miami. He'll be back soon.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 7 Months

Freddy Garcia was perfect again Monday, setting down all nine Mets he faced in three innings.

Garcia struck out three. He's 15-for-15 retiring batters this spring as he attempts to overtake Alex Wood for a spot in Atlanta's rotation.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 7 Months

Freddy Garcia retired all six Tigers he faced in his start Wednesday.

Garcia, who was re-signed to a non-guaranteed contract last month, has said he won't accept a minor league assignment from the Braves. He looks like the team's sixth starter right now, but it's possible Alex Wood will be shifted to the pen to open up a spot for him. An injury could factor in, too.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 7 Months

In Braves camp on a minor league deal, Freddy Garcia said he will not go to Triple-A if he fails to make the Opening Day roster.

"I told my agent, 'If I don't make the team, I'm going home,'" Garcia said. "I'm not going back to the minor leagues, like last year. I did it last year. But if I don't make the team, I'll go home and spend time with the family." With the out clause in Garcia's contract, MLB.com's Mark Bowman says the righty "seems destined to gain a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster." He could possibly be the No. 5 starter until Gavin Floyd (elbow) is ready, but more likely he'll be used in long relief.

Freddy Garcia SP ATL 8 Months

Braves re-signed RHP Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Garcia pitched well down the stretch for the Braves last season, even earning a start in their NLDS elimination game loss to the Dodgers. Overall, the right-hander posted a 4.37 ERA over 80 1/3 frames for the Braves and Orioles in 2014. It's possible he could compete for the final spot in the rotation if the Braves wind up keeping Alex Wood in the bullpen. More likely, though, is that he'll represent depth at Triple-A or be used as a long man in the bullpen.