Braves release Garcia, headed for South Korea


The Braves released third baseman Adonis Garcia on Wednesday in accordance with his desire to play in South Korea next season, the team announced.

Garcia, 32, faced an uphill battle to secure a bench spot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last month that the Braves had discussed releasing Garcia, but no agreement was imminent at that time.

The veteran hit .237 in 52 games last season after missing most of the season with a torn ligament in his left ring finger. Garcia slashed .267/.300/.414 with 29 homers in his past three seasons.

Garcia played in the Cuban National Series from 2004-11. He joined the Braves in 2015 after three seasons in the Yankees system.

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has repeatedly preached his emphasis on defense, almost assuring Garcia wouldn’t fit his vision for the roster.

The Braves added utilityman Charlie Culberson in a trade with the Dodgers and also re-signing utilityman Danny Santana to a minor league contarct. While Garcia provided some power, his bat didn’t override his defensive deficiencies.

Marcos Grunfeld of Sports Venezuela reported Dec. 27 that Garcia would sign with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization, which was contingent upon release from his Braves contract.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Aly Raisman blasts USOC: ‘What’s it going to take for you to do the right thing?’
Aly Raisman blasts USOC: ‘What’s it going to take for you to do the right thing?’

Former USA gymnast Aly Raisman wants to know what it’s going to take for USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee to finally do the right thing. Raisman— who read a statement on Friday during the fourth day of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing for the molestation of seven...
Never fear, Falcons fans: It’s (Greg) Knapp time!
Never fear, Falcons fans: It’s (Greg) Knapp time!
It’s as if the Atlanta Falcons are trolling their constituency now. Coming off one of the worst-coached games in team history – which is saying something – they’ve filled their one coaching vacancy by hiring …  Greg Knapp.  Important note: Knapp is returning only as quarterbacks coach – at least for now...
LEADOFF: Sports venue trend drives addition to Atlanta Motor Speedway
LEADOFF: Sports venue trend drives addition to Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sports venues have focused in recent years on adding social gathering spaces for fans, a trend reflected at SunTrust Park, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the under-renovation Philips Arena.  The latest example: Atlanta Motor Speedway announced Monday a new multi-purpose bar and hospitality space being built within its grandstand seating area. ...
Jelena Dokic recounts her rise with an abusive father

In the soaring but turbulent career of the tennis star Jelena Dokic, any highs quickly fell victim to a deeper low. “A lot of my good memories — or what should have been good memories,” Dokic said in an interview, “have something dark behind them.” Dokic, whose Serbian family fled war-ravaged Yugoslavia for Australia,...
For Puerto Ricans, life after hurricane remains far from normal, but baseball is back
For Puerto Ricans, life after hurricane remains far from normal, but baseball is back

By first pitch, the parking lot outside Evaristo "Varo" Roldán Stadium was jammed. Inside, the Criollos de Caguas, the defending Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League and Caribbean Series champions, were seeking their third straight win against the Gigantes de Carolina. It was a Monday afternoon earlier this month, but it didn't...
More Stories