We now know the reason the Braves weren’t able to trade Jaime Garcia to the Twins.
It wasn’t Garcia’s medical past, as many speculated. Instead, according to Ken Rosenthal, it was the Twins prospect (who wasn’t named) who had some medical issues that the Braves weren't comfortable with. Combine that with some holdup over who would assume the bulk of Jaime’s remaining $4 million salary and it’s not hard to see why a deal fell through.
Last night, amidst 24 hours of rumors and speculation, Garcia limited the red-hot Dodgers to just three runs over seven innings. He also hit a grand slam in a 12-3 victory for the Braves.
With just nine days remaining before the July 31st trade deadline, Garcia still seems like a near-lock to be dealt given he will be a free agent in three months. The good news for Atlanta’s front office is it sounds like numerous teams are interested in the southpaw, and his performance last night should’ve only improved his stock.