The Atlanta Braves have a decision to make in regards to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy. MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that Atlanta is expected to tender both before tonight's deadline.
While #Braves have discussed a multi-year deal with Medlen, no talks with Beachy about 2-year deal. Expected to tender both, per source.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 2, 2014
MLB.com's Mark Bowman first reported that Atlanta had discussed a multi-year deal with Medlen but have had no such talks with Beachy. Both are coming off of Tommy John surgery and their injury status made them candidates to be non-tendered before the Tuesday deadline. By agreeing to a multi-year deal, Atlanta would like to reach an incentive-laden contract with Medlen to offset some of the injury risk.
Atlanta still has a need for more starting pitcher depth. Medlen and Beachy appear to be on the road to recovery but how much of a toll the latest injury will take is unknown. Neither is expected to be ready by opening day.
A few more details into Medlen's injury return and what Beachy could cost the team in arbitration.
I'm told #Braves Medlen could be ready to pitch in rehab games by late April, barring setbacks. Could put him MLB-ready by early June.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 2, 2014
Beachy really would not be much risk for #Braves since arbitration salary would likely be about same as last year's $1.45M.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 2, 2014