Atlanta Braves agree to 1-year deal with reliever Jonny Venters

March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters (39) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t a guarantee that Jonny Venters would remain a member of the Atlanta Braves heading into the 2014 season, but according to one report, he isn’t going anywhere.

Later, O’Brien reported the terms of the deal, and Venters will be making his exact salary from 2013, $1.625 million for the season. This is an interesting move for Atlanta, as it is inherently risking thanks to the fact that he’s coming off a 2nd career-threatening surgery.

However, Venters has extremely high upside, as he has been one of the more dominant relief pitchers in the game in recent seasons. His career ERA of 2.23 is sparkling on its own, but when you throw in 2 different seasons with a sub-2.00 ERA over 79+ appearances and a career strikeout rate of 10.11 K’s per 9 innings, you have a real monster.

For the Braves, they would be wise to take a “wait and see” approach to Venters early in the season, as TJ candidates notoriously struggle with command in the early stages, and Venters’ control has always been his achilles heel. Either way, though, he could easily earn this money back in short order.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Jonny Venters

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