Braves sign veteran reliever Mitchell Boggs

Mitchell Boggs will try to make it as a reliever for the Braves.

The Braves signed free agent reliever Mitchell Boggs Monday. He will be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett and join the bullpen.

Three years ago Boggs was a solid middle reliever for the Cardinals. He had a 2.21 ERA in 78 games. But Boggs fell off in 2013, as he posted an 11.05 ERA in 18 games and then was purchased by the Rockies. He was a bit better – a 3.12 ERA in nine games – for Colorado but they released him after the season.

Boggs then bounced around with the White Sox, Giants and he was released in spring training last month by the Red Sox. Last season in the minors, Boggs had a 8.29 ERA in 37 games.

The 31-year-old right-hander will be an option for the Braves as the anticipation is the bullpen will need reinforcements throughout the season. Four Braves relievers already have pitched in seven of the 12 games played so far in the first two weeks of the season.

Boggs as originally drafted by the Cardinals out o the University of Georgia in the 2005 draft.


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