PITTSBURGH - MAY 23: Peter Moylan #58 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 23, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves quietly non-tendered reliever Peter Moylan last night. A move that was expected, as the Aussie right-hander is recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury. Moylan was a durable and quality reliever for the Braves, and there is a good chance he will return to Atlanta at a reduced salary. Though with the demand for relievers out there, I would imagine that some team will be willing to pay more for the chance at Moylan's services than the Braves seem willing to give him.
Peter let everyone know the news last night through his twitter account:
I suppose the good news is that at least the tweet says "Manana," instead of "hasta la vista." I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I hope Moylo is back in Atlanta next year.
There were some other interesting non-tenders around baseball that might interest the Braves. The first guy that caught my eye was middle infielder Ryan Theriot, who was non-tendered by the Cards. He may be looking for more full-time work, but he's really just a utility guy, and one that can play shortstop. He'd be a very good compliment to the rookie Tyler Pastornicky, who the Braves hope to work into a full-time role this year. Another non-tender middle infielder who could fill that role is Jeff Keppinger.
Right-handed pitcher Micah Owings is a pitcher who could interest the Braves. In addition to being a Georgia native and a former Georgia Tech player, his brother, Jon Mark, was a long-time farm hand of the Braves. Micah could be a good bullpen addition (even though Atlanta appears to be set in the pen).
I've always been a Ryan Spilborghs fan, though the Braves are probably set at the outfield pinch-hitter position.
The Braves have some moves still left to make. Chiefly among them is filling the backup shortstop position. There were already three open spots on the 40-man roster before Moylan was non-tendered, now there are four. I honestly can't remember the last time the Braves had four open spots on their 40-man roster, AND had a rule 5 player on there. Weird off-season.
The Braves also non-tendered Brooks Conrad, the team announced this morning at 9:22am. Both Peter Moylan and Conrad are now free agents. Contracts were tendered to Prado, O'Flaherty, Jurrjens, and Bourn. I guess this makes my article yesterday on Conrad kind of a moot point. I wonder if the team wants to go in a completely different direction (likely), or if they want to try and re-sign Conrad for less money, or even a minor league deal.