Braves Sign RHP Reynaldo López

Atlanta inks right-hander to three-year deal

Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Reynaldo López throws against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today signed RHP Reynaldo López to a three-year contract, with the right-hander set to make $4 million in 2024 and $11 million in each of the 2025 and 2026 seasons. The deal includes an $8 million club option for 2027 with a $4 million buyout. López has agreed to donate 1% of his salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

López, 29, pitched for three teams in 2023, combining to post a 3-7 record with a 3.27 ERA (24 ER/66.0 IP) over 68 appearances between the White Sox, Angels and Guardians. He fanned a career-best 11.3 batters per 9.0 innings, striking out 83 in 66.0 frames and collecting six saves. Opponents batted just .188/.226/.319 against his fastball last season, and his 98.2 average miles per hour on the pitch ranked in the 96th percentile in baseball.

An eight-year major league veteran, López has compiled a 39-49 record and a 4.32 ERA (326 ER/679.2 IP) over 241 career games, including 97 starts and over 500.0 innings in the rotation. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Washington Nationals as a non-drafted free agent in 2013 and debuted with the club in 2016. The Chicago White Sox acquired him via trade in December of 2016 and he pitched parts of seven seasons with the team, before appearing with Los Angeles and Cleveland last season.

López pitched for the World team in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game, and was a consensus Top 50 prospect in baseball entering the 2017 season.

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