Braves sign Greg Smith and Eli Whiteside to minor league deals


Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Braves have signed pitcher Greg Smith, catcher Eli Whiteside, as well as pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon to minor league deals.

Smith, 30, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2010 with the Rockies. He spent the last two seasons in the Phillies’ minor league system, including all of 2014 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He finished with a 4.40 ERA with a 92/37 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings.

Whiteside, 35, accrued 26 plate appearances at the big league level with the Cubs this past season, batting .120/.115/.160. At Triple-A Iowa, where he spent most of his season, he hit .214/.291/.364 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 230 plate appearances.

Marimon, 26, has yet to appear in the major leagues after having spent eight seasons in the minors. In 2014 at three different levels in the Royals’ system, he posted an aggregate 3.19 ERA with an 84/35 K/BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings.