ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor-league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league Spring Training camp. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Lopez, 35, went 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA over 33 appearances (all starts) last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He tossed 200.0 innings in 2010, his first full season in the Majors since undergoing "Tommy John" surgery performed on August 22, 2007. Over parts of nine Major League seasons, Lopez owns a 75-82 record with a 4.85 ERA.
Lopez was originally signed by San Diego as a non-drafted free agent in 1995 and has made 227 Major League appearances (199 starts) for the Padres, Orioles, Rockies, Phillies and Diamondbacks. A native of Mexico, Lopez pitched in the World Baseball Classic for the Mexican team in 2006 and 2009.
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