Kris Medlen signs with Kansas City Royals


This offseason continues to be a… difficult one for Atlanta Braves fans. The latest disappointing piece of news comes not from what the new regime front office of the team has done, but rather what the Kansas City Royals have done–signed former Atlanta righty Kris Medlen to a two-year contract:

According to Flanagan, the deal is for two years with a mutal option for the 2017 season.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has details on the contract:

It isn’t shocking that Medlen signed with another team this offseason after being non-tendered by the Braves following a ruined season due to his second Tommy John surgery, but this one still hurts. Medlen has been with the team seemingly longer than any of the current players on the roster, and was always a fan-favorite.

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At the same time though, the team was rightfully concerned with Medlen’s injuries and apparently thought he wasn’t worth the $8.5 million that the Royals gave him.

In the meantime, the Braves are still looking for another starter to fill out a rotation that currently includes Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Alex Wood and Shelby Miller, with Jake Peavy being a longshot possibility.