|Thursday, April 10
Updated: April 11, 3:22 PM ET
Right-hander answers Braves' call for help
Reynolds, 35, agreed to a one-year deal for $300,000 -- the major league minimum -- and a mutual option for $3 million, with a $100,000 buyout in 2004.
"It was kind of a shock when they released him,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We're real happy to have him. He's still a class pitcher and he's healthy.''
Reynolds is scheduled to join the Braves in Florida for Friday night's game against the Marlins.
"This is the smartest pitching organization in baseball," said Reynolds' agent, Tommy Tanzer. "When Frank Wren (assistant Braves GM) calls and says (manager) Bobby Cox and (pitching coach) Leo Mazzone want you, you just say when and where."
Reynolds had a back operation last summer after going 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 13 starts and 74 innings last season with the Astros. He was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA during spring training.
"This is a great opportunity to go to a great team with a great chance to win like they always have," Reynolds told Houston television station KRIV Thursday. "You hear nothing but good things about their manager, Bobby Cox, and their pitching coach, Leo Mazzone."
Reynolds, who has a 103-86 record with a 3.95 ERA in a 10-year career with Houston, was a free agent. He was released by the Astros on March 27 and Houston will pay $700,000 of his $1 million salary for this season.
Maddux, 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA in three starts, is off the worst start of his career.
The New York Mets offered Reynolds a minor league contract after watching him work out Tuesday at a Houston high school, where he threw 110 pitches in a simulated game.
The Braves were among several other teams that scouted Reynolds. Others included Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles. Seattle and Texas.
Reynolds will be reunited with former Astro Mike Hampton, acquired by the Braves in the offseason as part of a three-team deal involving Colorado and Florida. Hampton, however, is on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury.