In a move most certainly made out of pitching desperation, the Atlanta Braves signed Veteran Righthanded pitcher Shane Reynolds to a one year deal with a team option for 2004.
Reynold's one-year deal is worth $300,000 and includes a team option for 2004 for $3 million
The Houston Astros cut Shane Reynolds after Spring Training, after he was barely able to top 80 on his fastball. Reynolds later said that he "wasn't aware" that he he was competing for a spot in the rotation, and would've had a totally different mindset if he had known that was the case. For cutting Reynolds, who had a guaranteed contract, the Astros must now pay him $1 Million dollars over the 2003 season.
The Braves scouted Reynolds at a Texas Highschool on Wednesday, where Reynolds reportedly was topping 90 and nailing his breaking pitches, and later offered him a contract along with nine other teams. Others teams that were interested included the New York Mets, who offered him a minor league contract which was nixed by Major League Baseball due to a clause which would've allowed the Mets to sign Reynolds for under the league minium, Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Colorado, and Texas.
Reynolds will report to Florida on Friday for the start of the Braves three game series vs. the Marlins. It isn't known if he will start in that series.
Reynolds has a 103-86 record with a 3.95 ERA in a 10-year career.
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