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This Day in Braves History: J.D. Drew signs with Dodgers

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Braves Franchise History

2004: J.D. Drew leaves the Braves to sign a five-year, $55 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Drew put up big numbers in his lone season with Atlanta hitting .305/.436/.569 with 28 home runs and a 157 OPS+.

2014 - The Braves sign reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract. He appeared in 57 games for Atlanta over parts of two seasons while posting a 3.73 ERA in 50 23 innings. The Braves traded him to Toronto on May 31, 2016 in exchange for minor league pitcher Sean Ratcliffe.

MLB History

1913 - The Sporting News reports that 15 men died from baseball related injuries during the 1913 season.

1958 - The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Sparky Anderson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Rip Repulski and two other players.

1975 - An arbitrator declares Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. Both pitchers sat out the option years of their contracts in hopes they would become free to sign with any team. Messersmith will sign with the Dodgers, while McNally will retire.

1994 - With negotiations to resolve the strike at a standstill, Major League owners unilaterally implement a salary cap and revenue sharing on striking players.

1995 - The Cardinals sign outfielder Ron Grant and pitcher Andy Benes.

2000 - The Giants sign Eric Davis. Davis will close out his 17-year career with San Francisco in 2001.

2012 - Nick Swisher agrees to a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland.

2016 - The Dodgers re-sign third baseman Justin Turner to a four-year, $64 million deal.

2019 - The Blue Jays sign pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a four-year, $80 million deal.

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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