Braves News: Atlanta releases injured reliever after addition of Jesse Chavez

Atlanta released Murfee after adding a fan-favorite reliever back to the roster.

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The Atlanta Braves brought back a familiar face with the recent addition of Jesse Chavez. He was brought back on a minor-league deal after being released by the White Sox. This comes just a week after the Braves brought back outfielder Adam Duvall.

Once that move was made, the Atlanta Braves announced they had released Penn Murfee. He was claimed off waivers back in November before being non-tendered a few days later. Atlanta then re-signed him to a major league contract a few weeks after that.

The righty reliever was great for the Mariners during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. His 2023 ended prematurely last Summer due to a UCL injury. So, he wasn't really in the plans for the Braves in 2024.

This move clears a spot on Atlanta’s 40-man roster. Now, Atlanta could have just placed Murfee on the 60-day IL but they chose to release him instead. This doesn't mean he is no longer going to be with the organization as he could sign a minor league deal with the Braves and complete the rehab process that way.

Atlanta is very good about allowing players they release to have the opportunity to seek employment with any of the other teams in Major League Baseball who may value their talent as well.

His first full season in 2022 was excellent so the talent is there. He pitched through 69.1 innings to a 2.99 ERA with 18 walks and 76 strikeouts. This was good enough for a 27.9% strikeout rate and a very good walk rate of 6.6%.

It wouldn't be a bad idea for the Braves to bring him back on a minor league deal and hope he can return to form in the 2025 season. Keep your eyes on House That Hank Built for any future updates relating to the Braves roster and if Murfee returns with the organization.

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