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HomeBaseballBraves add veteran right-hander Reynaldo López on $30M, 3-year deal

Braves add veteran right-hander Reynaldo López on $30M, 3-year deal


ATLANTA — Whereas maintaining their seek for beginning pitching, the Atlanta Braves added one other reliever to their bullpen Monday by agreeing to $30 million, three-year contract with right-hander Reynaldo López.

The deal requires López to make $4 million in 2024 and $11 million within the subsequent two seasons. There may be an $8 million membership possibility for 2027, with a $4 million buyout.

The 29-year-old López pitched for 3 groups in 2023, combining to go 3-7 with a 3.27 ERA and 6 saves over 68 appearances with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians. He had 83 strikeouts in 66 innings — a career-best common of 11.3 Ks per 9 innings — with a fastball that averaged 98.2 mph.

The Braves, who had an MLB-leading 104 wins this previous season however have been eradicated within the NL Division Collection for the second 12 months in a row by Philadelphia, have been retooling their roster with an eye fixed towards getting over the hump within the postseason.

They re-signed relievers Joe Jimenez and Pierce Johnson to multiyear offers, acquired left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer from the White Sox in a six-player commerce and dealt former 21-game winner Kyle Wright, who is about to overlook the complete 2024 season with a shoulder harm after sitting out most of this previous season.

In alternate for Wright, the Braves landed former first-round draft choose Jackson Kowar, who has struggled with the Royals pitching largely in reduction. In a separate take care of Kansas Metropolis, Atlanta traded reliever Nick Anderson for $100,000.

All of the strikes have left the Braves with stable depth in a bullpen that additionally consists of nearer Raisel Iglesias and lefties A.J. Minter, Dylan Lee and Tyler Matzek. Daysbel Hernandez and Huascar Ynoa are different bullpen candidates.

“They only regarded like they knew they needed to win always,” López mentioned by way of a translator. “It is nice to be a part of that and might’t wait to be on the market.”

The one clear transfer to deal with a dearth of beginning pitching depth was exercising a $20 million possibility for 40-year-old Charlie Morton, who went 14-12 with a 3.64 ERA final season.

That’s, until they’re planning to maneuver López again to the rotation. He held that position with the White Sox from 2017-20, going 21-31 with a 4.76 ERA over 81 begins.

Aside from one look as an opener, López has been used completely as a reliever the final two seasons, with far more success.

“I used to be open to each choices, somebody who was searching for a starter or reliever,” López mentioned. “Each choices have been open.”

The Braves’ rotation is led by All-Star Spencer Strider (20-5, 3.86, a franchise-record 281 strikeouts) and Max Fried, who’s heading into his last season earlier than changing into eligible free of charge company. The opposite beginning candidates are Bryce Elder, who was chosen for the All-Star Recreation however struggled down the stretch, and 21-year-old high prospect AJ Smith-Shawver. Darius Vines, Allan Winans, Dylan Dodd and probably 2023 first-round choose Hurston Waldrep may be within the combine.

Normal supervisor Alex Anthopoulos seemed to be clearing payroll area to make a run at a starter with a sequence of strikes that sliced 10 gamers off the Braves’ 40-man roster previously couple of weeks.

Atlanta declined a $9 million possibility for outfielder Eddie Rosario, lower ties with relievers Kirby Yates, Brad Hand and Collin McHugh, didn’t tender a contract to reliever Michael Tonkin, and dealt away arbitration-eligible gamers equivalent to former ace Michael Soroka, infielder Nicky Lopez and Anderson.

One potential goal is out of the working after Aaron Nola agreed to a seven-year deal to stay with the Phillies. Sonny Grey is considered one other starter on Atlanta’s want record.

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