The Braves signed outfielder Zoilo Almonte, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and left-hander Donnie Veal to contracts on Monday, the team announced, marking the first player moves since John Hart took over as general manager.
Per the team's Twitter account, Almonte is signed to a one-year contract through the 2015 season, while Wang and Veal signed minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training.
Almonte, signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Yankees in 2005, left his former team in September after they outrighted him, ostensibly a result of his poor production in the majors (.211/.242/.282 in 149 PAs) and slow development (.763 OPS in nine seasons in the minors).
Wang, who turns 35 in March, brings experience from parts of eight seasons in the majors, including back-to-back 19-win performances in 2006 and 2007. He has combined to make 46 starts since the beginning of 2008 with a combined ERA of 5.67 over that span.
Like Almonte, Veal has extensive minor league experience, with 707.1 innings of experience across 10 seasons. He has appeared in the majors in each of the last three seasons, including a six-inning stint back in April this season in which he allowed five runs—all earned—with seven walks. In 64.2 career MLB innings, he owns a 4.87 ERA.