The Braves have non-tendered Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Gus Schlosser, making them free agents. The club also tendered contracts to Mike Minor, David Carpenter and James Russell.
The non-tender decisions don't come as too big of a surprise, especially considering the uncertainty of Medlen and Beachy moving forward. While Medlen is now on the market, Mark Bowman believes the two sides could reach an incentive-laden deal with an option for 2016:
As mentioned earlier today, the #Braves have discussed bringing Medlen back with a deal that might include an option for 2016.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 2, 2014
A short-term deal with Medlen would make a ton of sense for the Braves. Multiple elbow surgeries are always tough to bounce back from, but there's no denying how effective Medlen is when he's not on the disabled list. Of course, other teams probably feel the same way about the 29-year-old starter and will likely make enticing offers, as well.
Another interesting note from Bowman: the Braves could try to stretch out Russell in spring training to see if he could start.