Braves sign Kyle Kendrick

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Kyle Kendrick, who started on Opening Day for the Rockies last season and then went on to have a horrible year, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves.

Kendrick served up a league-high 33 home runs in just 142 innings on the way to an ugly 6.32 ERA and has a lifetime 4.63 ERA in nine seasons as a big leaguer.

Of course, with the Braves in rebuilding mode his inability to prevent runs is secondary to his ability to soak up some innings. He’s started 25 or more games in five of the past six seasons and will compete for a rotation spot during spring training.

Braves sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s major league camp.

The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin was 61-53 with a 4.77 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin was 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five games with the Brewers this spring after joining the team on a minor league deal.

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