Braves add Almonte; ink Wang, Veal to minor league contracts
The Braves made their first on-field personnel moves of the John Hart era on Monday, signing outfielder Zoilo Almonte to a one-year deal and bringing in veteran pitchers Chien-Ming Wang and Donnie Veal on minor league contracts.
Almonte, 25, made 47 appearances with the Yankees the past two seasons, including 13 this past year. He led Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre with 18 home runs and 69 RBI, hitting .261 (110 for 421) with 37 extra-base hits and a .748 OPS.
In 690 minor league games, Almonte has a .270 average with 140 doubles, 88 homers and 396 RBI.
Wang, a Cy Young Award runner-up eight years ago, will be 35 in March. He hasn’t made more than six starts in a season since 2011 and last year went 13-8 with a 4.12 ERA with Reds and White Sox Triple-A affiliates. He last pitched in the majors in ’13, going 1-2 with a 7.67 ERA in six starts for the Blue Jays.
In all, Wang has eight years of major league experience, owning a 62-34 record with a 4.37 ERA. He was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on May 5, 2000.
Veal, 30, spent last year in the White Sox’s fold, appearing in 44 games between the major league and Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Since 2009, Veal has made 100 big league appearances, going 3-3 with a save and 4.87 ERA is 41-34 with a 3.82 ERA in 229 minor league games.