Kirby Yates, Braves agree to two-year, $8.25 million deal with club option

By , Audacy Sports

Fresh off of a World Series victory, the Atlanta Braves are revamping their roster to make another run.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Braves have agreed to a two-year deal with All-Star reliever Kirby Yates worth $8.25 million, with a third-year club option worth $5.75 million included in the terms. There is also a $1.25 million buyout included.

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Yates didn't pitch at all in the 2021 season, undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after an initial diagnosis of a flexor-pronator strain. He dealt with injuries in 2020, too, making only six appearances.

Prior to that, however, he was making his case as one of the best relief pitchers that the game had to offer. From 2018 to 2019, Yates had a sparkling 1.67 ERA across 123.2 innings of work, leading the league in saves (41) and earning his first All-Star nod in 2019.

Following Passan's report, the Braves announced the move in a press release, adding that he will donate one percent of his earnings to the Atlanta Braves Foundation as part of the deal:

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