Pitchers and catchers report today for the Braves, signaling the beginning of a brand new baseball season, and it didn’t take but a minute for some newsworthy information to come in. Alex Anthopoulos has gone to extreme lengths this offseason to make sure his bullpen isn’t going to be an issue again in 2020, but he’s not quite done yet. Just moments ago, it was reported that the Braves have signed Josh Tomlin to a minor-league deal.
#Braves bringing back Josh Tomlin on a minor league deal with a spring training invite.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) February 12, 2020
After a few down years, the Braves brought in Tomlin on a similar pact last season. Little did they know, he would become one of the unsung heroes of their bullpen, serving primarily in long relief but even recorded a couple of saves. Tomlin finished the year with a 1.0 WAR and 3.74 ERA in 79.1 innings pitched. While the Braves’ bullpen is currently loaded — particularly with right-handers — you can never have too many arms, given the volatility of relief pitching, and of course, injuries. It will take some unfortunate circumstances for Tomlin to reach Atlanta this season, but he’s a good guy to have in the system for depth purposes.