Javy Lopez rejoins Braves | ajc.com

It remains to be seen if he has anything left, but I’m not convinced that he’s running on empty. Javy, the best catcher in Atlanta history, hit .278/.322/.458 as recently as 2005, and I’d take that from a backup catcher. Obviously, it was two years ago, and he’s 37 now, and he missed all of last season because nobody would give him a job… but it’s Javy Lopez! Come on!

Javy’s most-similar hitters are an odd bunch.

1. Jorge Posada (904)
2. Miguel Tejada (899)
3. Joe Gordon (890)
4. Roy Campanella (887) *
5. Walker Cooper (886)
6. Rich Aurilia (882)
7. Adrian Beltre (878)
8. Jermaine Dye (872)
9. Terry Steinbach (870)
10. Aramis Ramirez (866)

Corky Abe Miller and Brayan Pena were also invited to spring training, and probably they and Clint Sammons all rank ahead of Javy. Jean Boscan was also invited, presumably just as a guy to catch all the extra pitchers.

Non-catcher NRIs include Joe Borchard (the worst player in Major League Baseball), Jorge Campillo (I have no idea) and Javier Guzman (terrible minor league shortstop who couldn’t get above AA in the Pirates organization).