The Braves signed free agent Shane Reynolds today. Reynolds has not pitched a full season or had an ERA under 4.00 since 1999.
The Braves were a late entrant in the Reynolds derby. They just lost Paul Byrd for an extended amount of time and ace Greg Maddux is struggling (0-3, 11.05 ERA). The Braves were able to acquire Reynolds by sweetening the deal witha $3 M extension for 2004. Reynolds is being paid by the Astros for 2003, so the Braves just owe him $300K, the league minimum, for this season.