Braves Sign RHP Thomson

In their first large move of the offseason, the Braves signed RHP <B>John Thomson</B> to a two-year deal with a club option for the third season. The deal is believed to be worth around $2-3 million annually.

The Atlanta Braves today agreed with free agent right-handed pitcher John Thomson on a two-year contract, with a club option for a third season.

Thomson, 30, was 13-14 with a 4.85 ERA in 35 games for the Texas Rangers last season, but went 9-5 with a 3.89 ERA in his last 18 starts. He established career highs in wins, starts (35), innings pitched (217.0), strikeouts (136) and complete games (3) and tied for sixth in the American League with a 2.0 walks per 9.0 innings pitched ratio.

"I'm very excited to be coming to the Braves," Thomson said. "I look forward to contributing to a team that always seems to contend. I've heard nothing but good things about (manager) Bobby (Cox) and (pitching coach) Leo (Mazzone)."

Originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round of the 1993 June draft, Thomson was traded to the New York Mets, along with outfielder Mark Little, in exchange for outfielders Jay Payton and Robert Stratton and pitcher Mark Corey in July of 2002. The Rangers signed Thomson as a free agent in January.

Thomson is 42-63 with a 4.93 ERA and 557 strikeouts in 146 games, including 145 starts, in his six major league seasons.

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