Kris Medlen, by all accounts one of the coolest guys ever to wear a Braves uniform, signed a two-year deal with the Royals today. He’ll make just $900,000 more than the Braves will pay Jim Johnson in 2015. Medlen signed a two-year deal that will pay him $5.5 mil in 2016, followed by a mutual $10 million option with a $1 million buyout.
It’s a risk I would’ve taken. Coming back from two Tommy John surgeries ain’t easy but Joakim Soria, Chris Capuano, Shawn Kelley and Brian Wilson are among current major leaguers who’ve done it. The best example is probably Jason Isringhausen, who returned from 3 Tommy Johns.
Medlen’s young and has never relied on a blazing fastball to succeed. I’d rather take a chance on him than the likes of Johnson and Collapse-o.
In the last two years the Braves have said goodbye to a number of a likable, identifiable players: Huddy, Jay Hey and now Medlen. I’m not suggesting that should play a role in personnel decisions, but it certainly won’t help drum up any excitement for a team that’s inspiring little confidence.
Med Dog had a helluva run with the home team: 2.95 ERA and 1.155 WHIP in 512 IP.
Thanks for the memories, Med Dog.