Eric O’Flaherty made only 19 appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. He was then forced to miss the remainder of the season due to Tommy John Surgery. Now a free agent, O’Flaherty is generating some interest as he works his way back.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves are interested in bringing O’Flaherty back.
#Braves strong bullpen could still get significantly better if O’Flaherty is re-signed. Talks not dead.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) December 30, 2013
In those 19 appearances in 2013 O’Flaherty posted a 3-0 record and a 2.50 ERA. In the two seasons prior, O’Flaherty was just plain nasty, and teams who remember those seasons will surely be interested in at least “checking in” with O’Flaherty.
2011: 78 games, 0.98 ERA, 393 ERA+ (eight earned runs all season)
O’Flaherty is not necessarily a fire-baller, but he is very effective against left-handed hitters. In 2012 he allowed only a .113 average against to lefties; in 2011, that number was .193. But as his total number of appearances in those seasons would indicate, he is effective enough against right-handed hitters that he is more than a specialist.
Fact is, if the Braves believe that he can still be a useful pitcher then a lot of other teams should express interest as well.