Braves Sign Scott Proctor

FRIDAY: David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has details on Proctor's deal.

WEDNESDAY: The Braves signed reliever Scott Proctor to a split contract, according to Mike Graham of (hat tip to Talking Chop).  Proctor's agent Mark Rodgers said the Braves were "very aggressive in their pursuit of Scott."  The contract contains performance incentives.  Jeff Euston of Cot's Baseball Contracts informed me that Proctor would "have to spend all but about 21 days on the 25-man to qualify as a free agent after 2010."  He'll probably need all of April in the minors, meaning the Braves could retain Proctor for 2011 as an arbitration-eligible player if he has a successful '09 campaign.

Proctor, 33 in January, was released by the Marlins a month ago.  He had Tommy John surgery in May.  Proctor is a low-risk signing; the Braves may need to accumulate relievers in the event Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez both depart via free agency.

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