In the most shocking move so far today, the Braves have decided to non-tender Adam Duvall.
The Atlanta Braves have non-tendered outfielder Adam Duvall, sources tell ESPN. The 29-year-old, who is coming off a 16-homer season in 57 games, is now a free agent.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2020
Duvall was projected to earn somewhere around $5 million in arbitration. However, I thought he might come in lower than that because of financial concerns due to the coronavirus. It looks like the two sides were so far apart that the Braves decided to move on completely, which is something I never expected after he whacked 16 homers in just 57 games last season.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Braves will still consider signing Duvall in free agency. However, with uncertainty surrounding the DH in the National League, Atlanta thought it would be best to remain flexible.
Braves will consider re-signing outfielder Adam Duvall, who became a free agent after the team non-tendered him today. Without an assurance of a DH in the National League, club wants to stay flexible in LF. Duvall projected to earn $4.7M in arbitration, per @mlbtraderumors.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2020
Given that Duvall is actually a respectable defensive player, I’m not sure that rationale makes much sense. I’m shocked by this move, but we will see if the Braves make a serious run at him in free agency.