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Righty Lopez signs Minors deal with Braves

Righty Lopez signs Minors deal with Braves

Righty Lopez signs Minors deal with Braves
The Braves made a move to increase their depth for Spring Training on Monday, when they announced that they had signed veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League contract with undisclosed financial terms. Lopez, who went 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA last season for Arizona, will be invited to Atlanta's Spring Training complex with a chance to make the team.

Lopez, who underwent right elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007, has posted a career record of 75-82 with a 4.85 ERA. He registered 33 starts and threw 200 innings for just the second time in his career last season, allowing a league-high 37 home runs and 111 earned runs. Lopez, 35, has pitched exclusively in the National League since 2007.

The right-hander was originally signed by the Padres in 1995, but made just six big league appearances for San Diego. Lopez caught on with the Orioles after a stint in the Mexican League and posted a 60-58 record with a 4.72 ERA in five seasons with Baltimore. Lopez has also pitched for the Rockies, Phillies and D-backs over the past few seasons.

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Lopez, who pitched for the Mexican team in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and '09, has led both leagues in losses. Lopez racked up an American League-high 18 losses with Baltimore in '06 and an NL-high 16 with Arizona last season.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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