Rodrigo Lopez agrees to minor league deal with Braves
By Natalie Rivers
ATLANTA (AP) -- Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves and will join the team in spring training.
The 35-year-old was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He pitched 200 innings, the second-highest total of his career, in his first full season since elbow ligament-replacement surgery in 2007.
Lopez is a native of Mexico. He's 75-82 in nine seasons with five teams.
He will try to make the Braves as the No. 5 starter.
Atlanta's rotation includes Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens. Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are top candidates to be the No. 5 starter.
Kris Medlen, recovering from elbow surgery, is expected to miss at least most of the season.