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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore added another big bat to their arsenal on Monday by reaching an agreement with free agent catcher on a three-year contract. The deal is contingent on his passing a physical this week. It's the second big free-agent acquisition for the , who came to terms with All-Star shortstop on a six-year, $72 million contract last week.

This past season Lopez set the major league single-season record for most homers by a catcher. He hit 43 total home runs, with one coming as a pinch- hitter. That broke the old mark of 41 homers for a catcher, established by of the New York in 1996. Lopez also hit .328, a career-best for a full season, and drove in a career-high 109 runs in only 129 games due to injuries.

The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, became only the third catcher in major league history to combine for 40 homers, 100 RBI and a .300 batting average, joining Roy Campanella (1953) and (1997).

"Javy Lopez provides us with a solid catcher and another explosive bat for our

lineup," said Mike Flanagan, Vice President for Baseball Operations. "He brings a veteran presence to our club who played a big part in creating and maintaining Atlanta's winning environment over the last decade."

The 33-year-old Lopez had been with the since starting his major league career in 1992. He made $7 million last season, but wasn't offered salary arbitration by Atlanta. His new deal could be worth as much as $23 million.

A three-time All-Star who finished fifth in the NL MVP voting this year, Lopez had a .687 slugging percentage in 2003. That would have been tied for

second

best in

the majors,

but he

didn't have enough plate appearances. He also had 10 homers in a 10-game stretch from May 22 - June 8, including home runs in four straight contests.

Over his career, Lopez is a .287 hitter with 214 homers and 694 RBI.

"Javy worked well with Atlanta's great pitching staffs, including a number of different pitchers," Jim Beattie, Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations said. "We believe his experience will help bring our own pitching staff along as well. Combined with the signing of , we have taken a major step forward with both our offense and our defense up the middle, bringing two MVP-caliber players to our lineup."

, and all caught for the last season. Fordyce and Machado are already gone, meaning Gil is expected to contend for the backup position next season.

The

also

reportedly remain interested in signing free agent outfielder .

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