Braves, Josh Collmenter avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.2 million deal

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The Braves and pitcher Josh Collmenter avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.2 million deal, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Collmenter was in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so he can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Collmenter, 30,¬†spent the season in the Diamondbacks’, Cubs’, and Braves’ systems. In the majors, he pitched 41 1/3 innings across 15 relief appearances and three starts, compiling an aggregate 3.70 ERA with a 33/16 K/BB ratio.

The Braves haven’t committed to Collmenter in any particular role, so he could serve as a swingman next season. GM John Coppolella said, “He can be a starter, he can pitch in the bullpen, he can be a long man. Kind of like a Swiss Army knife, if you will.”