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Braves sign Sheets to minor-league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract, the team announced Sunday.

Sheets, 34, has undergone two elbow surgeries and last pitched in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics. He had his best years with the Milwaukee Brewers where he was a four-time All-Star. He has a 90-92 record with a 3.79 earned run average.

"You look at him being a guy who, if the progression goes as we hope, that he could join our rotation in the next few weeks," Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. "No definitive time, just the next few weeks. What we just saw in the bullpen was very impressive."

Wren said Sheets would be assigned to the Class AA Mississippi Braves and make a few starts before he is considered for a promotion.

The Braves are in need of pitching help after losing Brandon Beachy to elbow surgery while starters Randall Delgado and Mike Minor have struggled. Beachy led the NL in ERA before his season ended.

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