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Braves Lock Up Intriguing Bullpen Arm to Two-Year Extension

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Atlanta Braves locked up a bullpen arm for a two-year contract extension on Friday.
The Atlanta Braves locked up a bullpen arm for a two-year contract extension on Friday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

MLB is not yet done finalizing the official 2023 free agent class. On Friday, the league's non-tender deadline approaches at 8 p.m. ET.

Free agency is officially open, however, and the Atlanta Braves announced an important roster move on Friday. The club locked up an intriguing bullpen arm to a two-year contract extension.

Atlanta is bringing back lefty Tyler Matzek for two years and $3.1 million. This extension includes a $5.5 million club option in 2025 (no buyout). The Braves also reported the veteran lefty will donate a percent of his salary each season the franchise's charitable foundation.

Matzek's signing comes with some intrigue considering he'll miss the 2023 season because of Tommy John surgery. He's been dominant since joining the Braves in 2020 (after recovering from the reliever "yips") with a 2.92 ERA and 22 games finished.

Atlanta could have non-tendered the injured lefty, but showed some good grace to let him rehab with a secure contract. Of course, they are likely hopeful he'll return in 2024 to dominant form.

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