The Atlanta Braves continue to fill out their bullpen depth. The team announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to non-guaranteed split contracts with Penn Murfee and Jackson Stephens.
The #Braves today signed RHP Penn Murfee and RHP Jackson Stephens to one-year, non-guaranteed split contracts for the 2024 season.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 30, 2023
The Braves claimed Murfee off of waivers on November 14, but non-tendered him three days later. He underwent surgery last July to repair damage to his UCL. He likely won’t be ready to pitch until at some point around mid-season. Prior to the injury, Murfee was a valuable relief arm for the Mariners posting a 2.70 ERA while appearing in 80 games over the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Stephens returns for his third season with the Braves. He was a valuable contributor out of the bullpen in 2022 when he appeared in 39 games while putting up a 3.69 ERA and a 3.54 FIP. He was slowed by injuries in 2023 which limited him to just five games at the major league level.