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Braves sign Sturtze to one-year, $750K deal

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander
Tanyon Sturtze to a one-year contract Sunday on the eve of the winter
meetings, hoping he will be able to come back from rotator cuff
surgery.

Sturtze is guaranteed $750,000 and would make another $350,000
if he spends one day on the Braves' 25-man roster. He also could
earn another $450,000 in bonuses based on the number of appearances
he makes as a starter and reliever.

The 36-year-old Sturtze missed most of last season with the New
York Yankees after undergoing surgery on May 23. He had a 7.59 ERA
in 18 appearances before going on the disabled list.

Sturtze has pitched 269 games during a big league career that
began in 1995 with the Chicago Cubs and includes stints with the
Chicago White Sox, Texas, Tampa Bay and Toronto. He is 40-44 with
three saves and a 5.21 ERA.

Sturtze spent the last three years working mostly out of the
Yankees' bullpen in middle and long relief. He made $1.5 million
this past season.