Remlinger agrees to minor league deal with Braves
Remlinger, who will be 40 by Opening Day, pitched four years with the Braves and made the All-Star team in 2002. He left after that season for a three-year, $10.65 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, but he never had as much success as he did in Atlanta.
With the Braves, the left-hander went 10-1 in 1999 -- his only season with double-figure wins. He was 7-3 with a career-best 1.99 ERA during his All-Star season.
Remlinger was traded by Chicago to the Boston Red Sox in August. He was designated for assignment less than three weeks later after posting a 14.85 ERA in eight appearances, giving up 15 hits in 6 2/3 innings. For the season, he was 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in 43 games.
The Braves are attempting to improve a bullpen that was a major liability last season. With spring training less than a month away, they have yet to land a closer and might have to go with holdover Chris Reitsma, who held the job part of last season.
Remlinger isn't a candidate to fill that role, but he could provide a much-needed left-hander in the bullpen. For now, the team's main candidates are John Foster (62 appearances, 4-2, 4.15 ERA) and Macay McBride (1-0, 5.79, in 14 innings).
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press