The Braves non-tendered right-hander Peter Moylan last month, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two sides have agreed to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training.
Moylan would make a $1 million prorated salary for time spent in the majors and could earn more with performance-based incentives.
Moylan was limited to just 13 appearances at the major-league level in 2011 after missing four months due to back surgery and a suffering a right rotator cuff injury which required season-ending surgery last September. Still, the Braves were encouraged enough by his progress to bring him back.
The 33-year-old Aussie has a 2.60 ERA over six seasons in the majors and has made 80 or more relief appearances in a season on three separate occasions.
On Monday, Major League Baseball announced some changes aimed at improving the game’s pace of play, something that has been a pet cause for commissioner Rob Manfred. Among the changes was a limit on mound visits whether from managers and coaches, the catcher, or other defenders. Each team will have six non-pitching change mound visits per game and one additional visit each inning in extra innings. Craig wrote more in depth on the changes here if you happened to miss it.
Angels catcher Martin Maldonado says he is going to do what’s necessary to stay on the same page with his pitchers. Via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Maldonado said, “If the game is on the line, I’m going to go out there. If we’re at six [visits], and it’s going to be the seventh, I’m going to go out there, even if I have to pay a fine. I’m there for the pitchers.”
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras said as much on Tuesday. Per Josh Frydman of WGN News, Contreras said, “What about if you have a tight game and you have to go out there? They can’t say anything about that, that’s my team and we just care about wins. If they’re going to fine me about number seven mound visit, I’ll pay the price.”
Exhibition games haven’t even started yet, but two notable backstops — the lesser-known Maldonado won a Gold Glove last year — are clearly not happy with the rule change. As Craig alluded to in his article yesterday, arguments between catchers and umpires (and, subsequently, managers and umpires) are probably going to become more frequent, which would likely end up nullifying any pace of play improvements.