Braves fans: we have our first move of the 2020-2021 offseason. It may not be what we have all been waiting for, but Atlanta is bringing back veteran reliever Josh Tomlin on a one-year deal with an option for 2022.
Free-agent right-hander Josh Tomlin is back with the Braves. Per source, one year, $1M contract with $1.25M club option or $250K buyout for 2022.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 11, 2020
It’s worth noting that this is a major league contract, so it is almost a foregone conclusion that Tomlin will be on the Opening Day roster unless something drastic happens.
The 36-year-old reliever is deserving of this opportunity. He’s done everything the Braves have asked for him over the last two seasons, and for the most part, he’s been extremely reliable. I don’t think any of us want to see him on the mound as a starting pitcher again. However, he’s more than worthy of a one-year contract to come out of the bullpen, where he has been lights out for Atlanta.