Braves, RHP Reitsma agree to one-year contract

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-hander Chris Reitsma on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration with their former closer.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Reitsma made $1.65
million in 2005.

Reitsma, 28, appeared in a team-high 76 games last season for
Atlanta, going 3-6 with a 3.93 ERA. When Dan Kolb faltered as
the team's closer, Reitsma filled in and recorded a career-best
15 saves before tiring in August, when he gave way to Kyle Farnsworth.

Farnsworth signed with the New York Yankees this offseason,
meaning Reitsma could have another chance to close for the
defending National League East Division champions.

With Reitsma signed, the Braves have three remaining
arbitration-eligible players: second baseman Marcus Giles and
pitchers Horacio Ramirez and Jorge Sosa.

The Braves also signed veterans Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez to
minor league deals with an invitation to spring training.

The 38-year-old Jordan, who is recovering from offseason surgery
on his left knee, hit .247 in 76 games for the Braves last
season and owns a career .283 average with 181 homers in his
14-year career.

Perez, 37, was limited to just 16 games in 2005 due to right
shoulder tendinitis and has hit .253 in 11 seasons, nine with