Josh Outman
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Josh Outman throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during their MLB Interleague baseball game in Oakland, California July 2, 2011. Reuters

Left-handed reliever Josh Outman signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on one of the latest transactions in the Major League Baseball (MLB) offseason. Outman’s single season contract has a guarantee of $925,000 with an additional $470,000 if he hit some of the performance bonuses.

The 30-year-old pitcher has a career win-loss record of 16-11 with an ERA of 4.43 and 226 strikeouts. Outman has played fro the Oakland Athletics in 2008-2009 and 2011, Colorado Rockies in 2012-2013, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in 2014.Outman is expected to join James Russell and Luis Avilan as among the options for the left-handed crew in Atlanta.

The Outman signing was announced at the same time the acquisition of Jason Grilli and A.J. Pierzynski were made official. The deals were confirmed by the official Twitter account of the club on Thursday.

#Braves announce the signing of 3 free-agent players; RHP Jason Grilli (@GrillCheese49), LHP Josh Outman and catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 7, 2015

In other news, the Braves have also acquired another left-handed pitcher in Ricardo Sanchez in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. Atlanta sent right-handed pitcher Nate Hyatt and in-fielder Kyle Zubitza to L.A. Sanchez is a 17-year-old prospect from Puerto Rico wo made 12 appearances with 9 starts for the Arizona League Angels with a record of 2-2, 3.49 ERA. Sanchez is considered the second best prospect in the Angels organisation.

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