Atlanta Braves Claim Pitcher Off Waivers After Impressive First Two Seasons

The Atlanta Braves recently made a strategic move by claiming right-hander Penn Murfee off waivers from the New York Mets.

This acquisition is part of the Braves' ongoing efforts to bolster their pitching roster. Murfee's brief tenure with the Mets was short-lived, as they had only claimed him from the Seattle Mariners two weeks prior.

The decision to make Murfee available again was likely influenced by the Mets' desire to free up space on their 40-man roster.

Murfee is currently recovering from ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery, which he underwent in June, ending his 2023 campaign.

This injury raises concerns about his availability for the upcoming 2024 season, as his recovery timeline and potential setbacks remain uncertain​.

Penn Murfee, who debuted in the major leagues in 2022, made an impact with the Seattle Mariners, where he demonstrated his skills as a relief pitcher.

He achieved a commendable 2.70 ERA over 83.1 innings, coupled with a strong 27.9% strikeout rate and an 8.5% walk rate.

However, it's worth noting that his control varied significantly, with a 6.6% walk rate in his debut season, which increased to 17.2% in the following year.

Despite this, Murfee's overall performance presents a valuable addition for the Braves.

The team now has control over his contract through the 2028 season, offering a potentially fruitful long-term investment if he can maintain his form and return to full health​.

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