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06/15/2005 4:25 PM ET
Atlanta agrees to contract terms with pitcher Jim Brower
Deal runs through the 2005 season
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz announced today that the Braves and pitcher Jim Brower have agreed to contract terms for the remainder of the 2005 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

The 32-year-old Brower is expected to join the Braves in Cincinnati on Thursday (June 16), as the Braves open a four-game series at Great American Ball Park. A corresponding roster move will be announced at that time.

A veteran of 296 major league games (28 starts), Brower owns a career record of 32-29 with five saves and a 4.36 ERA in seven seasons. He pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 2003 until June 13, 2005, when he was released. Brower went 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 32 games for the Giants this season.

Over the course of his career, Brower has posted a 22-21 record with a 3.79 ERA as a reliever, compared to a record of 10-8 with a 5.98 ERA as a starter. Brower's career ERA after the All-Star break is 4.05, including a 2.83 mark in the month of August. His lifetime ERA before the break is 4.56.

"We are always looking for ways to strengthen our team," said Schuerholz. "Jim is an experienced pitcher who will add depth to our bullpen."

The Atlanta Braves, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is Major League Baseball's winningest franchise since 1991. Since then, Braves teams have earned a record 13 consecutive division championships, five National League pennants and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Braves games are carried nationally on tbs and regionally on Turner South. The organization was honored in Atlanta Magazine's annual "Best of" edition for 2004 as Best Local Pro Sports Team and Best Fun for Young Sports Fans.

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