MLBTR Ballot: Grading The Braves’ Latest Signings
The Braves have simply been the offseason’s most lively workforce within the early going. Atlanta has made a pair of rotation additions, signing southpaw Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11MM deal and bringing in Charlie Morton for one yr at $15MM.
Single-year phrases has change into a staple of the Alex Anthopoulos regime in Atlanta. They’ve had loads of success with short-term additions of Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna, however final winter’s Cole Hamels signing didn’t pan out because the left-hander’s yr was derailed by damage. The entrance workplace determined to roll the cube on a brand new pair of veteran hurlers after arising one sport shy of a pennant in 2020.
Every of Morton and Smyly was certainly projected by the MLBTR employees to ink one-year offers this winter. Nonetheless, each pitchers pulled in a bit more cash than anticipated throughout what’s broadly anticipated to be a frigid offseason within the wake of groups struggling huge income losses. Morton picked up $7MM greater than anticipated, whereas Smyly’s deal got here in $6MM above expectation.
There are many causes the Braves’ entrance workplace determined to leap the market on these particular pitchers. Morton put up ace-caliber numbers from 2017-19 and rounded again into type down the stretch after a tough begin this previous season. Smyly has battled accidents and inconsistency all through his profession however flashed a brand new degree for the Giants in 2020. The 31-year-old confirmed massively improved uncooked stuff and generated whiffs in bunches en path to a 2.01 FIP. He’ll have to show he can maintain these positive factors for greater than 26.1 innings, but it surely’s simple to see the upside.
One different issue value contemplating: the qualifying supply. Neither Morton nor Smyly has acquired one up to now, which means they’ll be eligible for the QO subsequent winter in the event that they spend your complete season in Atlanta. It’s not particularly doubtless both participant warrants a QO in eleven months. Morton can be coming into his age-38 season and won’t even want to preserve taking part in; Smyly’s a yr faraway from a 6.24 ERA season. However the identical would’ve been true of Kevin Gausman a yr in the past, and he sufficiently rehabilitated his worth throughout his platform yr to earn a qualifying supply from the Giants this offseason.
So, how do MLBTR readers really feel in regards to the Braves’ two new additions? Grade every deal from the workforce’s perspective. (ballot hyperlinks for app customers)