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Braves' Mike Soroka: Avoids arbitration with Atlanta
Soroka (elbow) signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with Atlanta on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Soroka has endured a number of injury setbacks in his career, most notably a pair of surgeries on his Achilles' tendon. Shortly after his return from the injured list last year, Soroka came down with elbow soreness, but it would seem Atlanta is confident the right-hander will be able to contribute to the major-league team in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Tyler Matzek: Re-signs with Atlanta
Matzek (elbow) signed a two-year, $3.1 million deal Friday that includes a $5.5 million club option for 2025.
Matzek underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in October, so he will almost certainly miss all of the 2023 season. Still, the 32-year-old southpaw has a 2.92 ERA and 1.22 WHIP since joining the Braves in 2020, so it's not much of a surprise to see the team eager to lock him down for the next few years.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Jackson Stephens: Designated for assignment
Stephens was designated for assignment Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Atlanta needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for Dennis Santana, whom it just acquired for cash from Texas. Stephens, 28, had a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 53.2 innings last season.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Dennis Santana: Shipped to Atlanta
Santana was traded from Texas to Atlanta on Tuesday in exchange for cash.
The 26-year-old righty's 97.7 mph average fastball velocity last season was the top mark of his five-year MLB career. Santana's xERA (3.89) and FIP (3.35) were significantly lower than his 5.22 ERA in 58.2 innings. He could work in low-to-mid-leverage spots out of Atlanta's bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Braves' William Woods: Designated for assignment
Woods was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old reliever has been limited by injuries these past two seasons after not pitching during 2020. Woods had a 5.19 ERA in 17.1 innings over 18 appearances at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Guillermo Heredia: Bumped from 40-man roster
Heredia was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday.
Heredia hung around as short-side platoon option for Atlanta these past two seasons, but he fell out of favor after hitting .158 with a 39 percent strikeout in 74 games in 2022. He could be a non-roster invitee to spring training.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Silvino Bracho: Designated for assignment
Bracho was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday.
Tuesday is the deadline to add prospects to the 40-man roster as protection from the Rule 5 draft, and Bracho loses his roster spot to make room for the new additions. The 30-year-old journeyman reliever most recently was put on the 40-man roster late this past season and gave up three earned runs in 2.1 innings over his final and longest appearance with the big club.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Roddery Munoz: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Munoz was added to Atlanta's 40-man roster Tuesday.
Munoz isn't particularly close to being ready to help the big-league club. The 22-year-old righty spent most of last season logging a 4.03 ERA at High-A and gave up 12 runs in 11 innings across three starts at Double-A.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Braden Shewmake: Added to 40-man roster
Shewmake was added to Atlanta's 40-man roster Tuesday.
After selecting Shewmake in the first round of the 2019 draft, Atlanta is pretty invested in developing him into at least a utility player. The lanky shortstop hit .259/.316/.399 with seven home runs and nine steals in 76 games at Triple-A as a 24-year-old.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Darius Vines: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
Vines was added to Atlanta's 40-man roster Tuesday.
Vines is one of the more underrated pitching prospects in the upper levels of the minors. The 24-year-old righty had a 3.95 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 21.8 K-BB% in 20 starts at Double-A and made seven appearances at Triple-A to close out 2022. He needs to refine his command and control in order to get a look in Atlanta's rotation at some point next summer.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Michael Harris: Earns NL Rookie of the Year
Harris was named the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Harris received 22 first-place votes and eight second-place votes, as his only real competition was teammate Spencer Strider, who ended up with eight first-place votes. There's no doubt as to why Harris won this year's award, as he slashed .297/.339/.514 with 19 home runs, 64 RBI, 20 stolen bases (in 22 attempts) and 75 runs scored over 114 contests.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Jesse Chavez: Returns to Atlanta
Chavez re-signed with Atlanta on a minor-league deal Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Chavez pitched for three teams in 2022, one of which was Atlanta. All told, he threw 69.1 innings -- nearly exclusively out of the bullpen -- in the majors while maintaining a 3.76 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. While his deal is a minor-league contract, Chavez should have a decent opportunity to earn a spot in the bullpen during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Nick Anderson: Inks deal with Atlanta
Anderson signed a one-year, $875,000 deal with the Braves on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Anderson last played in the majors for Tampa Bay in 2021, recording a 4.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over just six innings of work. He spent all of last season in Triple-A Durham with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 16 innings. He will likely have to fight for a spot in the Braves' bullpen or be sent down to Triple-A again, at which point the value of his contract drops to $180,000.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Michael Tonkin: Joins MLB roster
Tonkin was added to Atlanta's major-league roster Thursday.
The right-hander joined Atlanta on a minor-league contract for 2022 and will now enter the offseason on the big-league roster. Tonkin spent the campaign at Triple-A Gwinnett and had a 3.17 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 73:15 K:BB over 48.1 innings. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017 with Minnesota.... See More ... See Less