Monday, May 23, 2011
Julio Lugo agrees to deal with Braves
By Enrique Rojas
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dominican shortstop Julio Lugo and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor league contract Monday, pending a physical exam.
The deal stipulates that Lugo will earn $12,000 monthly in the minors and a base salary of $650,000, or a proportion, depending if he is called to the majors. Lugo himself confirmed the deal to ESPNdeportes.com.
"I am very optimistic and happy, playing baseball is what I like to do best," said Lugo from Orlando, where he was checked by the Braves' doctors.
Lugo, 35, became a free agent after 2010, when he concluded his four-year, $36 million contract with the Boston Red Sox before the 2007 season. He batted .249 in 241 at-bats with Baltimore last year.
"I will get in physical shape in a month," Lugo said. "I can help a team in many ways."
Lugo is .270 with 198 steals and 685 runs scored in his 11-year career in the majors, where he played six different positions.
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.