Braves sign reliever Kirby Yates to two-year, $ 8.25 million contract – .

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Braves sign reliever Kirby Yates to two-year, $ 8.25 million contract – .


ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves beefed up their World Series-winning relievers field on Monday by signing right-hander Kirby Yates to a two-year, $ 8.25 million contract.
Yates led the majors with 41 saves for the San Diego Padres in 2019. He didn’t pitch last season for the Toronto Blue Jays due to his second Tommy John operation of his career on March 24.

Yates will earn $ 1 million next season and his salary will rise to $ 6 million in 2023. The deal also includes a $ 5.75 million club option for 2024, with a $ 1.25 million buyout. of dollars.

Yates, 34, was an All-Star and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young vote in 2019, when he posted a 1.19 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 60 games.

He pitched just six games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, posting a 12.46 ERA before being sidelined with a diseased arm. He signed with the Blue Jays but never pitched for Toronto due to the elbow procedure.

Yates also started with Tampa Bay, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angeles during his seven-year big-league career.

Yates joins a very efficient reliever box which was a big reason for the Braves’ surprising run to a championship. Closer Will Smith returns, with Tyler Matzek, AJ Minter and Luke Jackson.

The Braves also announced that right-hander Yoan Lopez was claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. Lopez was acquired last May from Arizona but spent the remainder of the season at Atlanta’s triple A club in Gwinnett.

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