Braves, RHP Reitsma agree to one-year contract

Updated: January 6, 2006, 6:27 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-hander Chris Reitsma on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration with their former closer.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Reitsma made $1.65 million in 2005.

Reitsma, 28, appeared in a team-high 76 games last season for Atlanta, going 3-6 with a 3.93 ERA. When Dan Kolb faltered as the team's closer, Reitsma filled in and recorded a career-best 15 saves before tiring in August, when he gave way to Kyle Farnsworth.

Farnsworth signed with the New York Yankees this offseason, meaning Reitsma could have another chance to close for the defending National League East Division champions.

With Reitsma signed, the Braves have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: second baseman Marcus Giles and pitchers Horacio Ramirez and Jorge Sosa.

The Braves also signed veterans Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez to minor league deals with an invitation to spring training.

The 38-year-old Jordan, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, hit .247 in 76 games for the Braves last season and owns a career .283 average with 181 homers in his 14-year career.

Perez, 37, was limited to just 16 games in 2005 due to right shoulder tendinitis and has hit .253 in 11 seasons, nine with Atlanta.