The Braves have non-tendered pitchers Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen and Gus Schlosser. They have tendered contracts to pitchers James Russell, David Carpenter and Mike Minor.
It is a bit of a surprise the Braves could not come to an agreement with Medlen. They have talked with the right-hander about a contract that would include an option for 2016. Medlen is coming off his second career Tommy John surgery, as is Beachy.
The Braves could still bring back either pitcher, but they are both now free to also negotiate with other clubs. So the team has now risked losing two pitchers that going into the 2014 season were scheduled to make up 40% of the major league rotation.
Medlen was scheduled to be the ace, with Tim Hudson leaving the Braves for San Francisco. But he jumped off the mound in Port St. Lucie against the Mets and found out his elbow ligament had again been injured.
Beachy never really fully recovered well from his first TJ surgery, which took place in May of 2013. He struggled in spring training last year in his comeback attempt and found out he needed the procedure again.
It is difficult for pitchers to come back from a second Tommy John surgery, so the timetable may be a bit different for both Medlen and Beachy compared to their first comeback.
Medlen and Beachy could have made close to $6 million in arbitration, so if that money is off the books that could give the Braves more flexibility to perhaps offer to Jon Lester. Contrary to reports, the Braves still have an outside chance at signing the free agent starting pitcher.
Schlosser spent most of last season in the Gwinnett rotation last season. He pitched in 15 games in Atlanta and had an ERA of 7.64.
The Braves will now swap arbitration figures with Minor, Carpenter and Russell. They will hope to avoid a hearing with the players.
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