The Braves announced the signing of Graf Tyler Matz A two-year contract worth about $3.1 million. There is a 5.5mm club option for 2025 with no purchase. It will earn 1.2 million in the first year and 1.9 million in the second year Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Matsek had Tommy John surgery in October and will likely miss the entire 2023 season.

Matsek, 32, has been a sensational story in recent years, having been away from baseball for some time due to the “eps.” In the year He pitched for the Rookies in 2014 and 2015 but dealt with control issues so he was demoted to the minors for the 2016-2019 season, including missing the entire 2017 season and a shutout in 2018 in indy ball. He returned to the majors and established himself as a valuable piece of the Atlanta bullpen. So far in 2020, he has thrown 135 2/3 innings with a 2.92 ERA, 38.2% ground ball rate and 27.4% strikeout rate despite a high 13.4% walk rate.

Unfortunately, his story took a serious hit late this season, as he was left off the club’s NLDS roster due to elbow discomfort. The next day, it was announced that he would require Tommy John surgery. Given the typical 12-18 months needed to recover from such a procedure, Matsek could miss the entire 2023 campaign.

He entered this summer with more than four years of MLB tenure, meaning he still had two more years of club control pending the arbitration process. Given the long absence he faces, Atlanta could have considered not negotiating him before tonight’s deadline, but instead agreed to a deal that covers both the remainder of Friday’s season and one free agent year. Matsek in 2010 By 2022, it earned and predicted $1.4M MLBTR contributor Matt SwartzBefore the Tommy John news, it was at $1.8 million. Atlanta hired Matzek in 2015. It will pay around the same amount it earned in 2022 and earn nothing for that investment in 2023, but it could see value down the line. Lematzek could have gotten a somewhat similar deal in free agency, as teams rarely give two-year deals to injured pitchers even if they know they won’t be healthy for the first one. But he decided to stay with the company he knew, continuing to earn a salary knowing he had a job to look forward to.

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