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The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Jackson Stephens have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season. The club outrighted Stephens off of their 40-man roster earlier in the month but have brought him back on a non-guaranteed deal after he worked five appearances out of their bullpen in September. The 29-year-old worked to a solid 3.00 ERA in those 12 innings before elbow inflammation claimed the remainder of his season. While it's unclear if he will be ready to go for spring training, Stephens owns a respectable 4.19 ERA across 80 big-league appearances between the Reds and Braves, so a flyer low-risk flyer makes sense in this situation.
The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Penn Murfee have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract for the 2024 season. The Braves scooped Murfee off waivers from the New York Mets two weeks ago, the second time he was claimed on waivers this offseason after the Mets originally claimed him from the Seattle Mariners. The 29-year-old spent the 2023 season with the Mariners, tossing a 1.29 ERA, albeit alongside a 4.64 SIERA, across 16 appearances before elbow issues ended his season in June. Certainly, Murfee is worth a flyer considering he has worked to a 2.70 ERA across 80 MLB appearances but a UCL procedure in June could cost him significant time in the 2024 campaign.
The Atlanta Braves have signed left-handed pitcher Ben Bowden to a minor-league contract. The 29-year-old spent the 2023 season pitching at Triple-A in the Phillies' organization, working to a 4.64 ERA across 49 relief outings, notching five saves in the process. He has largely pitched in the Rockies' organization in his professional career before bouncing around of late. He logged 39 MLB appearances with the Rockies in the 2021 season, working to a 6.56 ERA with unhealthy walk and ground-ball rates in tow. His recent Triple-A results have been discouraging, as well, but he at least gives the Braves a left-handed relief option should he bounce back in the 2024 campaign.
The Atlanta Braves re-signed catcher Chadwick Tromp to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Tromp will return to the organization for the 2024 season after he was non-tendered by the club last week. He has played in just seven games for Atlanta at the major-league level the last two seasons and has gone 5-for-20 with three doubles, four RBI and a run scored. The 28-year-old backstop will be back to provide depth at the catcher position behind Sean Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud. In 65 games at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2023, Tromp slashed .210/.336/.384 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI. He's a career .246 hitter with 51 homers in 521 minor-league games over 10 seasons.
The Atlanta Braves re-signed right-hander Grant Holmes to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Holmes, a former first-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, has yet to make his major-league debut. He spent all of the 2023 season at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he went 7-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while walking 26 and striking out 74 in 61 innings over 50 relief appearances. In nine minor-league seasons, he's appeared in 232 games (111 starts) and has posted a 4.58 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 694 1/3 innings pitched. Holmes will strictly operate as organizational pitching depth yet again for Atlanta in 2024.