Braves Avoid Arbitration With Brandon Beachy

2:47pm: Beachy's deal will pay him $1.45MM in 2014, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish (on Twitter).

2:18pm: The Braves announced, via press release, that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Brandon Beachy by agreeing to a one-year deal.

Beachy, 27, returned from 2012 Tommy John surgery last season to post a 4.50 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9 in 30 innings of work for the Braves. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz had projected Beachy to earn just $900K in arbitration due to the missed time with his elbow injury. He looked to be in the midst of a breakout season in 2012, having posted a 2.00 ERA through 81 innings in the Braves' rotation when he went down with his injury.

Beachy figures to be in Atlanta's rotation again in 2014 alongside Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and the newly signed Gavin Floyd, with Alex Wood potentially filling in as Floyd recovers from his own Tommy John.

As can be seen in MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker, the Braves still have a whopping seven players eligible, meaning general manager Frank Wren and his staff will have plenty of work on their hands.

16 Responses to Braves Avoid Arbitration With Brandon Beachy Leave a Reply

  1. jhawk1000 2 years ago

    WOW that’s a pretty big jump over the projection. I do hope he’s the Beachy from pre-injury for that kind of money.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 2 years ago

      And if not they can always non-tender him. Hopefully he figures it out. He was brilliant at placing the ball.

      • jhawk1000 2 years ago

        I could see the rust last year, but for the most part he was pretty effective. One start early cost him on his ERA, but the last two he looked solid. Hopefully there are no ill effects after the second clean up surgery.

    • Defiancy 2 years ago

      Eh, the projection seemed low given Beachy’s performance when healthy.

  2. BraveCrowe 2 years ago

    If I am not mistaken, the braves rarely ever go to arbitration cases. I’ve always had the understand that they treated their players very well in these cases. I suppose as a ploy to pull on the heart strings once these guys have the chance to bolt for a much larger contract.

    • Defiancy 2 years ago

      Eh. Well the Braves are what you call a “file to go” team or a “file and trail” team when it comes to arbitration. They rarely, if ever negotiate with a player once their offer is made and if they player rejects, they simply go to arbitration.

      If they don’t go to arbitration often, it’s because the players know they play hardball, and/or their contract offers are generally reasonable and well valued to the arbitration eligible players.

      • BraveCrowe 2 years ago

        Ah, I Learned something today.

        • Defiancy 2 years ago

          Glad I could help! Just for a bonus the other clubs besides the Braves that I know of that are “file to go/File to trail” are the Rays, Blue Jays, Marlins and White Sox.

          A few other teams go file and trail on a case by case basis. These include Brewers, Pirates, Nationals, the Indians.

    • NYBravosFan10 2 years ago

      Jeff Francoeur always loved arbitration

  3. Kevin Sheets 2 years ago

    Nice to see. Braves have a solid rotation with a lot of potential. I think i would rather see if Beachy or Minor could develop into an ace, instead of pursuing Price. Minor pitched really well NLDS. Think he might get opening day nod too.

  4. Guest 2 years ago

    “Just $900k” i understand we talk in ridiculous figures when we’re talking about baseball contracts but throwing around words like “just” is incredibly offensive, considering the average GDP per capita (which a slightly inflated estimator) is just under 50,000. so 900k = 18 years salaries.

  5. mattynokes 2 years ago

    If they were going to go that much above the projection, it would’ve been nice to see them attempt to entice Beachy to sign a multi-year deal. Whether he would’ve considered that, I don’t know, but if the numbers are right I think he’d dwell on it considering his circumstances

    • Tim Bliss 2 years ago

      It’s better to sign him just for 1 year and see if he can get back to being the pitcher he was in 2012 before locking him down long-term.

      • mattynokes 2 years ago

        Right. There’s risk in everything.

        Even if he comes back to his 2012 form, he’s not going to earn more than $6M for 2015. But if he shows to be washed up, he’s not getting anything. Given the Braves need to free up payroll for future seasons, they could’ve offered him something around $5.0M total through ’15. The Braves likely save money if he returns to form and Beachy is guaranteed much more than he’ll make if he can’t return to 2012 form.

    • Tim Bliss 2 years ago

      It’s better to sign him just for 1 year and see if he can get back to being the pitcher he was in 2012 before locking him down long-term.

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