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Daily Notes: Tender deadline moved up as Braves must decide on 14 arb-eligible players

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

-Clint Manry

On Tuesday it was announced that MLB and the player’s union has agreed to move the upcoming deadline for teams to offer contracts. With the CBA deadline looming, and a lockout very possible, the new tender deadline was moved from December 2 to November 30 at 8 PM (ET). This deadline to tender a contract goes for any player with fewer than six years of major league service, including those who’re eligible for salary arbitration. The Braves have 14 such players…

  • Adam Duvall
  • Orlando Arcia
  • Johan Camargo
  • Grant Dayton
  • Max Fried
  • Guillermo Heredia
  • Luke Jackson
  • Tyler Matzek
  • A.J. Minter
  • Sean Newcomb
  • Austin Riley
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Mike Soroka
  • Dansby Swanson

At $9.25 million, Swanson’s projected salary for his final year of arbitration is the highest among the list of Braves above. Adam Duvall ($9 million), who declined his mutual option earlier this month, is a close second. For more details on projected arbitration salaries, as well as who’s likely to be nontendered, I highly recommend checking out Ryan Cothran’s write-up from a few weeks ago over at SportsTalkATL.

I think most of these are pretty straight-forward. Duvall’s salary will be a bit expensive, but given he provided some much-needed power for the Braves lineup during the second-half of 2021 and the fact that Marcell Ozuna likely doesn’t return, I believe retaining him is pretty crucial.

  • As far as Soroka: Sure, you could say he’s a candidate to be nontendered, but at roughly $3 million, I don’t see the Braves doing that. It may be late in the season before he’s able to actually contribute at the big league level, as I’m sure the team will be even more carful then before, but this is still the guy that made a run at the Cy Young in 2019 and posted a 2.68 ERA over 174.2 innings. Hopefully he can get back to 100%.
  • I think we’ve seen the last of Camargo, who in his second year of arbitration is expected to get just under $1.3 million. Over the last three seasons, spanning 148 games, Camargo has been worth -1.1 fWAR with the Braves, and now entering his age-28 season, I don’t see him turning this around. And frankly, I’ve grown a little tired of his lack of effort when he has been given an opportunity. The guy can hit Triple-A pitching – that’s for sure (shown by his 155 wRC+ with Gwinnett this past year). But as far as a major league player, I just don’t see it anymore.
  • Richard Rodriguez is another interesting one, and Cothran made a nice point in his piece regarding the reliever’s case, pointing out that arbitration salaries are not guaranteed. Testing him out in Spring Training seems like a solid plan.

Anyways, we’ll find out who’s tendered soon enough as the deadline is now less than a week away.

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