The Atlanta Braves have until Tuesday's deadline to issue offers to arbitration eligible players. Atlanta currently has five players eligible but the biggest question mark by far is pitcher Mike Minor who is still not throwing after undergoing shoulder surgery that cost him the entire 2015 season.
Minor was awarded a $5.6 million salary through salary arbitration last offseason. The Braves are required to offer him no less than 80 percent of his previous contract which equals out to around $4.5 million. Once it goes to the arbitrator, it is anyone's guess what might happen.
That scenario seems like just too much risk involved for Atlanta at this juncture. While there was early chatter that the Braves had Minor in their plans originally, they likely would like some assurance that he is at least on the road to recovery. Last week's signing of Bud Norris to a one-year contract further signifies that the writing may be on the wall for Minor.
Shelby Miller, relievers Chris Withrow and Arodys Vizcaino and utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco are the Braves' other arbitration eligibles. Miller is a no-brainer while Withrow and Vizcaino figure to both be big parts of Atlanta's bullpen next season. A case could be made for passing on Ciriaco whose salary could be in the ballpark of $800,000. While Atlanta may like his versatility, they may opt to look for an upgrade or a slightly cheaper option.