Braves agree to one-year deals with pitchers

ATLANTA – Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren announced today that the Braves have agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd on a one-year contract for the 2014 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

Floyd, 30, owns a 70-70 career record with a 4.48 ERA and 903 strikeouts in 199 games (187 starts) in 10 Major League seasons.

Originally selected by Philadelphia in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2001 draft, Floyd spent three seasons (2004-06) with the Phillies. In December 2006 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, where he spent the last seven seasons. Floyd posted double-digit win totals in five straight seasons, from 2008 to 2012, including a career-best 17-8 mark in 2008.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder was limited to just five starts in 2013 and underwent "Tommy John" surgery last May to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

One more pitcher agreed to terms with the Braves on Monday. Atlanta agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy on a one-year contract for the 2014 season.

Beachy, who underwent "Tommy John" surgery in June 2012, returned to action in 2013 and made five starts for the Braves, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He fanned 23 batters and walked just four in 30 innings of work. In 46 career games (all starts), Beachy owns a record of 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA and a 9.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio (275 strikeouts against 86 walks) in 267.2 innings pitched.

The Braves now have seven remaining arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster who are unsigned for the upcoming season – right-handed pitchers
Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen,left-handed pitcher Mike Minor, first baseman Freddie Freeman, infielder Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.


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