The Atlanta Braves and pitcher Drew Smyly have reportedly agreed to a one year, $11 million deal for the 2021 season.
Yes, that Drew Smyly — the one who was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2019 after he put up a 8.42 ERA in 51.1 IP split between the rotation and the bullpen.
If you haven’t been following him since he left the Rangers — and it would be understandable if you haven’t — Smyly was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers to a minor league deal in July, 2019, after he was released by the Rangers. The Brewers then released Smyly, and he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Smyly allowed 1 run in 13 innings in his first two outings for the Phillies, then had a 7.20 ERA in 5 August outings, then had three really good starts and two not good ones in September for Philadelphia.
Smyly signed a one year deal with the San Francisco Giants for 2020. He made three appearances, missed six weeks with a finger injury, then finished the year with a relief appearance and three starts. While he only had seven appearances, and went more than four innings just twice — with a high of 5.1 IP — he put up a 3.42 ERA and a 2.01 FIP, albeit in 26.1 IP. He also struck out 42 of the 111 batters he faced.
The 31 year old lefty apparently showed enough in those outings to convince the Braves, and in an offseason where it has been expected that purse strings would be tight, Smyly is getting an $11 million payday.
Life is strange.