Braves sign lefty Smyly to one-year, $11M deal

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The Atlanta Braves signed left-hander Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million contract on Monday, the team announced.

Smyly, 31, was 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances last season for San Francisco, which signed him to a one-year major league contract in January.

Smyly was 4-7 with a 6.24 ERA in 21 starts and four relief appearances in 2019 for Texas, which released him in June of that year, and Philadelphia, which signed him one month later.

He is 35-35 with a 4.13 ERA for Detroit (2012 to 2014), Tampa Bay (2014 to 2016), the Rangers, Phillies and Giants. He had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and spent most of the 2018 season recovering.

“This is an upside play, no doubt about it,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “Obviously, we’ll find out eight months from now, 10 months from now how it worked out. But we think Drew has tremendous upside. He’s only scratched the surface.”

The lefty has abandoned his changeup, Anthopoulos said, focusing on his curveball and cutter.

“We feel like he’s just about to really emerge to have the

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