The Braves made a few minor moves on Wednesday afternoon pertaining to the fringes of their roster:
The #Braves today signed LHP Angel Perdomo to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season, and outrighted INF Evan White to Triple-A Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) December 7, 2023
The Angel Perdomo saga continues for Atlanta in inconsequential fashion, for now. Perdomo was claimed off waivers from the Pirates ahead of the non-tender deadline but was then promptly non-tendered; the Braves apparently used the time they controlled his rights to negotiate a potential return with him. The left-hander will miss the 2024 season rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery, so the non-guaranteed split contract is basically just a way to keep him around while his recovery takes place. The Braves made a similar move earlier this offseason with Penn Murfee, who was also claimed on waivers, non-tendered, and brought back on a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract. (As a minor point of amusement, the Braves also went this route with Jackson Stephens, who was bumped off the 40-man roster when the Braves first claimed Perdomo from the Pirates.)
As for Evan White, well, he’s owed at least $17 million over the next two seasons (including a buyout for 2026), so he’ll remain in the organization but not the 40-man roster while drawing his salary.
Perdomo could be a useful relief option when he returns in 2025, as he has a career 93 xFIP- and was really good for 29 innings in 2023 (69 FIP-, 72 xFIP-). White has struggled severely with the bat at the major league level (career 52 wRC+) and has barely played, at any level, over the last two years, thanks to a variety of lower body injuries (hernia, groin, hip). The Mariners signed him to a $24 million contract ahead of his MLB debut, which turned out to be disastrous, prior to shipping him to the Braves in the Jarred Kelenic deal.