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Braves agree to terms with catcher Javy Lopez on Minor League contract12/17/2007 3:46 PM ET
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced today that former All-Star catcher Javy Lopez has agreed to terms on a one-year minor league contract for the 2008 season with an invitation to attend Major League spring training. Lopez, who played for the Braves from 1992 to 2003 and resides in Alpharetta, Ga., owns a lifetime batting average of .287 with 260 home runs and 864 RBI. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 1997, 1998 and 2003, when he had career highs with a .328 batting average, 43 home runs and 109 RBI. The 37-year-old Lopez did not play during the 2007 season after being waived by the Colorado Rockies during spring training. In his 12 seasons with the Braves, Lopez hit .287 with 214 home runs and 694 RBI before joining the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent in 2004. He spent part of the 2006 season with the Boston Red Sox following a trade from Baltimore. Lopez was originally signed by Atlanta as a non-drafted free agent in November 1987. In addition to Lopez, the Braves have invited five of their six-year minor-league free-agent signings to attend spring camp, including catchers Corky Miller and J.C. Boscan, outfielder Joe Borchard, right-handed pitcher Jorge Campillo and infielder Javier Guzman. Braves pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 14, while position players report on February 19. The first full-squad workout is slated for February 20 at Champion Stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Corky Miller, 31, returns to the Braves after hitting .259 with one home run and four RBI in 12 games in 2007. He started the year with Richmond (AAA). He has a .196 career batting average with 7 HR and 30 RBI in 101 career games. J.C. Boscan, 27, returns to the Braves organization where he spent the 1997-2005 seasons. He played in the Milwaukee (2006) and Cincinnati (2007) organizations the last two years and hit .198 in 30 games with Chattanooga (AA) and .286 in eight games with Louisville (AAA) last season. Joe Borchard, 29, comes to the Braves after spending most of the last two seasons in the Florida Marlins organization. The 2000 first-round selection (12th overall) of the Chicago White Sox, Borchard hit .196 with 4 HR and 19 RBI in 85 games with Florida and .355 in 22 games with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque in 2007. He is a career .205 hitter with 26 HR and 77 RBI in 301 major league games. Jorge Campillo, 29, had no record and a 6.75 ERA in five games with the Seattle Mariners in 2007. He also went 9-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) with Triple-A Tacoma. He was originally signed by the Braves in February 1996, before being released and joining the Mexico City Tigres from 1997-2004. He signed with Seattle in 2005 and has a career major-league mark of 0-0 with a 7.13 ERA in eight games. Javier Guzman, 23, comes from the Pittsburgh organization where he began his playing career in 2000. He hit .310 with 2 HR and 25 RBI for Double-A Altoona and hit .095 in six games with the Gulf Coast Pirates in 2007. He has a career average of .276 with 26 HR, 247 RBI and 111 stolen bases in 602 professional games.
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