MLB Free Agency: Atlanta Braves in talks to bring back Eric O’Flaherty

Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports

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.

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)

2012: 64 games, 1.73 ERA, 233 ERA+

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.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Eric O'Flaherty

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