ATLANTA -- Always looking for ways to add depth, the Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with versatile veteran Scott Spiezio, signing him to a minor league deal and assigning him to Triple-A Richmond of the International League.

Spiezio, 35, made his Major League debut in 1996 for the Oakland Athletics and has played for four clubs in his career. St. Louis opted to release Spiezio this spring following an incident off the field that had occured during the off-season.

"After talkikng with Scott his past weekend and meeting with him this afternoon, we feel he is sincere in his contrition and we are willing to give him a second chance," said Braves general manager Frank Wren.

The bat of Spiezio may be the much discussed veteran pinch-hitter that the club believed they were lacking toward the end of spring. During his 12 year career, Spiezio has served as an infielder and outfielder, hitting .255 with 119 homers and 549 RBI in 1274 games.

"I am very appreciative of the second chance I've been given," said Spiezio in an official statement issued by the team. "The Braves have made no promise to me, except to give me the opportunity to prove that I have made amends and that I can still perform at this level."

Spiezio will work out with the Rome Braves on Tuesday before joining the Richmond club on Wednesday.

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