The hot stove is lit!.
Okay, not really...but the Braves did kick off the start of the Winter Meetings with a move. The Braves have a known penchant of late for valuing upside and willing to accept a certain level of risk in terms of injury. The Braves go into the meetings looking to potentially upgrade at catcher and in the rotation (plus with Coppy there is no telling what he has up his sleeve.
In this particular case, the Braves did a very sensible thing by paying very little to sign a free agent bullpen arm with a lot of potential reward if he comes back from Tommy John.
#Braves signed LHR Jacob Lindgren, who had TJ surgery in August and could miss entire 2017 season. He was non-tendered by Yankees.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 4, 2016
There really isn’t much to this signing in terms of impact on 2017 beyond roster stuff. Lindgren was a college draftee who moved quickly in the Yankees system and sports a K/9 north of 14 during his minor league career.
However, he has only appeared in 7 career MLB games since debuting in 2015 and has missed extensive time with elbow issues. First he had surgery to remove bone spurs in 2015 and then, this past August, he had to have Tommy John surgery which likely means Lindgren will not pitch for the Braves in 2017.
In short, this is likely just a minor transaction to potentially lock up some upside in the bullpen...but somehow I doubt it’s the last move the Braves make over the next few days.