The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with pitcher Jaret Wright, avoiding this weekend's arbitration deadline.
The deal is worth $850,000.
Wright will enter next season as John Smoltz's primary setup, provided he has a good spring.
Wright, 28, went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 11 games after the Braves claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Padres. He went 2-5 with a 7.35 ERA in 50 games for the Padres, and had a 1.42 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for Triple-A Portland (where San Diego optioned him mid-season).
After late season acquisition Wright beat out Trey Hodges and Shane Reynolds for a spot on the postseason roster - appearing in four games, spanning four scoreless innings, in the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.
In 1997, Wright became the second-youngest pitcher to start a seventh game of the World Series for the Cleveland Indians. He once was considered a top prospect for Cleveland but never lived up to expectations, posting just a 35-32 record with a 5.50 ERA in 98 appearances for the Indians from 1997-2002.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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