Today was the day that teams had to make decisions on players with options and the Braves had 5 decisions to make. However, between Eddie Rosario, Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Collin McHugh, and Charlie Morton, and only 1 was retained.
The 4 That Will Be No More
Kirby Yates posted a solid, but shaky looking 3.28 ERA. Still, it seemed like enough to bring him back for the 2024 season, especially considering his 2024 salary would’ve been a mere $5.75MM. Alas, AA chose the buyout of $1.25MM, saving $4MM.
Brad Hand had a mutual option, but Braves declined and Hand received a $500K buyout.
Before Collin McHugh was injured, he was having a down 2023. After the injury, it was apparent that his time in Atlanta had run its course. He will receive a $1MM buyout.
Lastly, Eddie Rosario, one of the biggest heroes during the 2021 Postseason run, had his 2024 $9MM declined. There was no buyout in Eddie’s contract.
Overall the Braves will pay $2.75MM, but those numbers are added to 2023’s payroll, not 2024.
I’m very excited that Charlie Morton will be donning a Braves uniform in 2024 as the club exercised his 2024 $20MM option. Morton, who will be 40 in 6 days time, has provided stability and veteran leadership to a pitching staff that needed both. This will be Morton’s 4th straight year in Atlanta and his 5th overall.
Braves Claim An Angel
In an interesting move that could pay dividends in 2025, the Braves claimed Angel Perdoma off waivers from the Pirates. Perdoma will be on the shelf for the entire 2024 season as he just had Tommy John surgery 2 days ago. Still, it’s a promising arm that AA will likely try to pass through waivers at some point with hopes of retaining him.
To fill out the 40-man, the Braves reinstated Kolby Allard, Nick Anderson, Yonny Chirinos, Dylan Lee, Tyler Matzek, Michael Soroka, and Huascar Ynoa. Jackson Stephens was outrighted to AAA. These moves mean very little and the 40-man will be chiseled down over the course of the next few weeks when trades and free agent signings start back up. My guess is Chirinos and Allard are the first in line.