The Braves have signed right-hander Alexi Ogando to a minor-league deal, according to a major-league source. Ogando will earn a base salary of $2 million if he makes the team's major-league roster on the deal, which includes $1 million in additional performance bonuses and an opt-out clause.
MLB.com's Mark Bowman was first to report the agreement.
Ogando is considered a strong candidate to make the Braves out of spring training, according to a source. He joins Bud Norris, Jim Johnson, Gordon Beckham, A.J. Pierzynski and Emilio Bonifacio as veterans to join the Braves on short-term deals this winter as the team looks for possible midseason trade chips as it continues its rebuilding process.
Ogando, 32, spent last season with the Red Sox, posting a 3.99 ERA in 64 relief appearances while allowing 12 home runs in 65.1 innings. He is a veteran of six major-league seasons with the Rangers (2010-14) and Red Sox (2015), and was named to the AL All-Star team in 2011 en route to a 13-8 record and 3.51 ERA in 31 appearances (29 starts).