Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Braves Contract Talks Part 5

Small update, the Braves have signed Beachy to a 1 year deal to beat arbitration, but they won't say how much. My guess is not much. Beachy hasn't been right since he had the Tommy John surgery in 2012, and frankly I don't think the Braves really trust his health now. They want the one year deal to get him on the roster in a prove-it-to-us scenario, but if Beachy can't regain some of his velocity and break on the ball, he's not going to be a long-term answer in the rotation for the Braves.

If you remember last season, Beachy was like the prodigal pitcher that was coming to save us. Except that day never really came. He only started 5 games all season, and he was pretty mediocre in those starts. The WHIP was a solid 1.03, but he was giving up long balls and big hits like crazy. A 4.50 and 5 bombs in just 30 innings isn't going to excite anybody, especially when the fast ball wasn't topping out in the mid-90s. He had a procedure in September to work out whatever the problem was supposedly, but I'm going to have a very close eye on him in spring training to see if he's ready.

Seven players are still left to sign contracts, including Kimbrel and Freeman, so we still have a ways to go on the late year contract talks, and hopefully the Frank Wren wheeling and dealing.


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