Adding another option for the bullpen, the Atlanta Braves have signed left-hander Mike Remlinger to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.
Remlinger was with the Braves from 1999 through 2002 after a trade from Cincinnati. He had four remarkable seasons, going 25-10 with a 2.63 ERA in 291 games, 14 saves, and 105 holds. His best season was 2002, when he had a 1.99 ERA in 73 games pitched.
Remlinger then signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs that next winter. He was effective in 2003, but struggled a bit in 2004. The Cubs released him midway through last season, and he then pitched eight games with the Boston Red Sox.
Remlinger, who turns 40 years old this March, will battle with John Foster and Macay McBride for a job in the Atlanta bullpen.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. You can email Bill at email@example.com.
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