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Braves sign veteran right-hander Aaron Harang

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Braves have struck a deal with veteran starter Aaron Harang. (USATSI)
The Braves have struck a deal with veteran starter Aaron Harang. (USATSI)

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Earlier on Tuesday, the Braves, despite injury concerns throughout the rotation, cut bait on veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia. Now, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned, they've signed a different veteran right-hander in Aaron Harang.

Harang, 35, was released by the Indians earlier on Monday. Last season, Harang pitched to a 5.40 ERA (68 ERA+) and 2.83 K/BB ratio in 143 1/3 innings for the Mariners and Mets. As recently as 2012, though, Harang was quite effective for the Dodgers: 3.61 ERA in 179 2/3 innings.

For his career, Harang owns an ERA+ of 98 across parts of 12 major-league seasons. As a member of the Reds in 2007, he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting.

This spring, the Braves have lost two starters -- Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy -- to Tommy John surgery, and Mike Minor will likely open the regular season on the DL because of shoulder tendinitis.

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