Braves: Carl Edwards Jr. opts out of minor-league contract

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The Braves signed Carl Edwards Jr. to a minor-league contract, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, and while he was decently effective over 8.1 innings, allowing just one earned run, a familiar issue likely led to this decision. Edwards Jr. walked six men this spring, which often doesn’t correlate to success over a larger sample size. He likely wasn’t in line to begin the season on the Opening Day roster, so instead, he chose to be released from his minor-league contract.

After Jacob Webb was optioned yesterday, this move narrows down the Braves search for eight relievers even further as we are just a week away from Opening Day.

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