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Braves sign Drew Smyly to 1-year deal

The Braves have added some depth with the free agent starter.

Drew Smyly #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on September 27, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves have signed left handed pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract worth $11 million. The team announced the news Monday afternoon. He joins a rotation that includes Ian Anderson, Max Fried, Josh Tomlin, and Kyle Wright.

Smyly spent the 2019 season with the San Francisco Giants, making five starts over seven appearances. He finished 0-1 with 26 13 innings pitched and had an ERA of 3.42 and WHIP of 1.10. In the shortened 2020 season, Smyly had career bests in strikeout rate (37.8%) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (14.35) while giving up a .198/.261/.297 slash line to opposing batters.

The Giants expressed interest in re-signing him as he was proving he had made it back from 2017 Tommy John surgery. Smyly had the surgery after a career-high 175 13 innings in 2016 and missed all of 2017 and 2018.

Smyly came up in the Detroit Tigers system and along with the Giants has spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Philadelphia Phillies.