5:20 pm January 31, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
The Braves signed 35-year-old Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Lopez provides the Braves more depth for their rotation, though Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are still expected to be the top contenders for the fifth spot.
Lopez went 7-15 with a 5.00 ERA in 33 starts last year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did throw 200 innings, though, in his first full season since elbow reconstruction surgery in August of 2007.
Lopez, a native of Mexico, is 75-82 with a 4.85 ERA in nine major league seasons with the Padres, Orioles, Rockies, Phillies and Diamondbacks.
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