The Atlanta Braves have signed reliever Jacob Lindgren to a 1 year deal. Lindgren was non-tendered by the New York Yankees earlier this offseason after it was announced he would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2017 season.
Lindgren, 23, was a 2nd round pick of the Yankees in the 2014 MLB Draft and the team put him on the fast track to the major leagues, and ultimately made his debut for the Yankees last season, going 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA in 7 relief appearances. However, Lindgren has been plagued by arm injuries, including a bone spur in his elbow, and was only able to make 6 relief appearances in High-A Tampa.
This signing is largely with an eye on the future, as Lindgren will remain under team control until 2023. Lindgren was a promising talent out of Mississippi State who became a strikeout machine in the low minors and even in the MLB (with 8 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched with the Yankees). Lindgren will join Jesse Biddle as notable young pitchers in the Braves system recovering from Tommy John Surgery, as well as the path the Max Fried took with the team after being acquired from the San Diego Padres.
The Braves have been one of the most active teams this offseason, adding Bartolo Colon and RA Dickey on 1 year deals, as well as acquiring Jaime Garcia and signing Sean Rodriguez. This move falls more in line with their future, as Lindgren could be an impact player in their bullpen for the 2018 season, should his recovery go smoothly.