As expected, the Atlanta Braves will non-tender pitcher Mike Minor and utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco before tonight's midnight deadline according to a report by MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
The team had reportedly been trying to reach a deal with Minor but were unable to do so. The two sides could decide to speak again before spring training but for now Minor is headed to free agency. Minor missed all of the 2015 season after shoulder surgery and has yet to throw from a mound this offseason.
Ciriaco was made expendable by today's signing of utility infielder Gordon Beckham. He appeared in 84 games for the Braves in 2015 while batting .261 with one homer and 15 RBIs. He saw time at all four infield positions.
The Braves have yet to officially announce the moves but that certainly appears to be the direction they are headed in.
#Braves are expected to non-tender Minor and Ciriaco, but as of 9:20 GM Coppolella said nothing had been decided.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 3, 2015
Still no official announcement from the Braves, but both Ciriaco and Minor were non-tendered according to MLB.com's transaction page and are now free agents. There remains a possibility that the Braves and Minor could reach a deal before the start of spring training.
Don't completely rule out the possibility that Minor stays with Atlanta. Still a chance he'll eventually reach an agreement w/ the #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 3, 2015