Source: Twins nearing deal for Braves' Garcia

July 20th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Looking to bolster their beleaguered rotation, the Twins are in the final stages of trading for Braves left-hander , according to a Major League source on Thursday. The Twins are expected to send a Minor League prospect in return.

Neither club has confirmed the report.

Garcia, 31, has posted a 4.33 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 40 walks in 106 innings with Atlanta. He has a career 3.65 ERA in 175 games (164 starts) with the Cardinals and Braves, but has never pitched in the American League.

Right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett, signaling that Atlanta could have him take Garcia's spot in the rotation Friday if the veteran is traded.

Garcia is in the final year of his contract, and is earning $12 million with the Braves after an offseason trade. He's due roughly $4.85 million the rest of the year. The Twins weren't considered likely to trade for a rental player, but they badly need starting pitching and are only a half-game back of the Indians in the AL Central.

Outside of right-handers (11-6, 2.99 ERA) and (9-3, 3.50 ERA), the Twins haven't received much consistency from their starters, as their rotation's 4.91 ERA ranks as the seventh-worst in the Majors.

Injuries have also hurt their depth, as is on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain, while Phil Hughes is likely out for the year with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms. also had Tommy John surgery before the season.

The Twins recently added veteran , who also pitched for the Braves this year. He made his Minnesota debut on Tuesday, allowing four runs in four-plus innings in a loss to the Yankees. He's scheduled to start again on Monday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.