Braves non-tender MLB leading seven players

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The deadline to tender a contract to arbitration eligible candidates was yesterday, and the Braves really trimmed the fat, non-tendering a league leading seven players.

None of these players being non-tendered is particularly surprising. Kolby Allard and Yonny Chirinos had their opportunities last season and didn’t make the most of them. Penn Murfee and Angel Perdomo are going to miss the 2024 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Michael Tonkin was pretty good for the Braves last season but is out of options, and Chadwick Tromp and Lucas Williams were nothing more than organizational depth.

The real surprises came in the form of trades ahead of the non-tender deadline. The Braves sent Michael Soroka to the White Sox, along with Jared Shuster, Nicky Lopez, Braden Shewmake and Riley Gowens

I thought the Braves might have kept Nicky Lopez around. He’s a high-quality utility man, but they obviously wanted to save the $4 million they were going to have to pay him through arbitration. Like most of Braves Country, I hoped the Braves would see things through with Soroka after everything he’s overcome to get back to the major-league level. However, the timelines didn’t really add up, and he was out of options. By trading him, the Braves will save around $3 million.

Still, that wasn’t the most shocking move of the day, as late last night, the Braves dealt Kyle Wright to the Royals.

This one doesn’t make much sense. Sure, Kyle Wright is going to miss the entire 2024 season after undergoing shoulder surgery, but he was only expected to earn just over $1 million in arbitration and is under contract through the 2026 season. For a pitcher that went 21-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 2022, you would think the Braves would have held onto him in hopes he could work his way back into the rotation in 2025.

Perhaps the shoulder issues are much more problematic than originally anticipated, or maybe the Braves see something in Jackson Kowar. But until we see what happens next, I don’t have an answer.

With all the moves yesterday, the Braves now only have 30 players on the 40-man roster. This is setting up to be a very busy offseason for Alex Anthopoulos.

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