Kris Medlen won’t be ready to pitch when the 2015 season begins as he’ll still be working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the Braves are still leaning towards bringing him back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The nearly $6 million Medlen is projected to earn through arbitration is too expensive for the Braves given his injury, but they would be interested in a reduced contract with incentives.
Medlen, 29, had a fantastic 2013 season, finishing with a 3.11 ERA and a 157/47 K/BB ratio in 197 innings. His return could be one way the Braves deal with the expected loss of Ervin Santana, to whom the club has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer. The Braves could also bring back Brandon Beachy, who is also coming back from Tommy John surgery and is also arbitration-eligible.