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Braves Re-Sign Veteran Reliever to Minor League Deal

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Atlanta Braves have re-signed a veteran reliever in free agency.
The Atlanta Braves have re-signed a veteran reliever in free agency. / (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Braves head into free agency looking to reload after an early playoff exit. With nearly a dozen players hitting the open market, Atlanta's brass will have to decide which players they want to re-sign, and which members of the 2022 team they'll part ways with.

Early in free agency, the Braves have agreed on a deal to bring back a veteran reliever.

Pitcher Jesse Chavez is rejoining the Braves on a minor league deal, it was revealed Saturday night. David O'Brien of The Athletic notes Chavez will have an opportunity to earn a roster spot in Spring Training.

Chavez was one of nine players from Atlanta's 2022 roster that entered free agency, but he wasted little time on the open market before deciding to return. He's coming off of a productive season, going 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA across 53.0 innings pitched during his time in Atlanta this year.

The 2022 campaign was a bit of a rollercoaster for the 39-year-old. He started the year with the Chicago Cubs, then was traded to Atlanta at the end of April. Chavez was later sent to the Los Angeles Angels at the end of July, but was released a month later and ended up back with the Braves to finish the season.

Re-signing the veteran, who was a key part of the team's World Series win in 2021, makes a ton of sense to this team. It remains to be seen which other players from the 2022 roster join Chavez and re-sign for the 2023 campaign.

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