So, the Braves have signed Tanyon Sturtze to a one-year $1.1 million deal. What does this mean? Well, one obvious knock on Sturtze is that he’s not very good. His career ERA+ is 87, with K9 of 5.42, BB9 of 3.76, and HR9 of 1.25—basically, he doesn’t do much of anything well compared to the average major leaguer. However, he’s still better than a lot of people, so $1.1 million isn’t too steep, even if he pitches same “quality” baseball as usual.
What gives me greater concern is that the Braves feel they need to acquire someone of Sturtze’s quality so early in the offseason. If the team acquired this salary at the deadline, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But, throwing away dollars on a guy this early scares me. This tells me that Schuerholz doesn’t have a lot of confidence in what’s on the farm. At his best, Sturtze will eat innings, and there ought to be plenty of candidates in the minors who can fill this role.