With the non-tender deadline approaching, the Atlanta Braves have reportedly trimmed one arbitration eligible player from their roster non-tendering outfielder Adam Duvall per a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Atlanta Braves have non-tendered outfielder Adam Duvall, sources tell ESPN. The 29-year-old, who is coming off a 16-homer season in 57 games, is now a free agent.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2020
The move is unexpected given the current state of Atlanta’s outfield but he was projected to receive a salary somewhere in between $4.4 and $7 million by MLB Trade Rumors. The Braves were likely unable to find common ground with Duvall which likely led to him being non-tendered. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may consider re-signing Duvall but want to remain flexible in the outfield while there are no assurances of the DH sticking around in the NL for 2021.
Braves will consider re-signing outfielder Adam Duvall, who became a free agent after the team non-tendered him today. Without an assurance of a DH in the National League, club wants to stay flexible in LF. Duvall projected to earn $4.7M in arbitration, per @mlbtraderumors.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2020
The Braves also announced that they have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with reliever Luke Jackson which is presumedly non-guaranteed.
The #Braves and RHP Luke Jackson today agreed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season worth $1,900,000.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) December 2, 2020
Jackson along with Grant Dayton and Johan Camargo were thought to be the players with the best chance of being non-tendered before Wednesday’s deadline. Atlanta inked Dayton and Camargo to one-year deals earlier this afternoon.
UPDATE - The Braves officially announce that they have non-tendered Adam Duvall and tendered contracts to the remaining unsigned players on the 40-man roster.