KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves signed reliever Greg McMichael to a minor-league contract Sunday.

McMichael, a former Brave, was released earlier in the week by the Cubs, who reportedly cut the right-hander when he refused to agree to a minor-league deal if he were sent down by Chicago.

McMichael, who pitched for the Braves from 1993-96, was 1-1 with a 5.08 ERA last season in 36 games with the New York Mets and Oakland A's.