The Braves have struck a minor league deal with righty Alexi Ogando, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports on Twitter. The veteran reliever will receive an invitation to major league camp. He would earn a $2MM base salary with up to $1MM in available incentives if he can crack the big league roster, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets.
Atlanta has opportunities available in its pen, which may have helped the team land Ogando without making any commitment. Boston had outrighted Ogando rather than tendering him a contract through arbitration, where MLBTR projected he could earn $2.4MM.
Now 32, Ogando worked to a 3.99 ERA in 65 1/3 frames last year for the Red Sox, with 7.3 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9. But that didn’t represent a full return to form for a player who was once a highly-regarded young pitcher for the Rangers. Major ERA estimators all viewed his actual contribution at 4.18 or higher.