Kris Medlen is arbitration eligible and could make close to six million bucks if he goes through the process. He’s just coming off of his second Tommy John surgery, however, and teams generally don’t like to give $6 million deals to injury risks like that. Which makes him a good candidate to be non-tendered.
But, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves may try to keep Medlen in the fold all the same, just at a lower price:
Because of the uncertainty surrounding his 2015 season, the #Braves have discussed a two-year deal with Kris Medlen.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 2, 2014
Some security for Medlen, some cost savings for the Braves and, of course, the chance to have Medlen pitch for them if he makes a successful comeback.
If Medlen is not non-tendered today, you have to figure it means that the Braves are optimistic of working out a deal.