The Atlanta Braves finally got Gabe White on Friday, signing the left-handed relief pitcher to a one-year, $600,000 contract.
White had been a target for the Braves for the last couple of years, and now he joins Tom Martin as lefty relievers in the Atlanta bullpen. White split the 2004 season between the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds.
The 33-year-old started 2004 in the Bronx but struggled mightily. He went 0-1 with an ERA of 8.27 in 24 appearances. Then the Yankees traded him to the Reds in July and he did only slightly better with Cincinnati. White went 1-2 with an ERA of 6.23 in 40 games. He did get one save with the Reds along with allowing 39 hits in 39 innings, 12 walks, and 33 strikeouts.
White is a pitcher than can be aggressive and effective. His best season was in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies when he went 11-2 with 5 saves and 19 holds along with an ERA of 2.17. White struck out 82 batters in 83 innings with the Rockies that season showing his strikeout ability. He also had a solid season with the Reds in 2002, going 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 62 appearances.
The 6'2" 205-pounder started out with the Expos in 1994 after they drafted him in the Supplemental Round of the 1990 draft. He's pitched in 466 games in his career with an ERA of 4.55.
The newest Brave was born and still lives in Sebring, Florida.
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