Many big names were non-tendered across baseball today but perhaps none of the new free agents are as surprising to be on the list as former All-Star Adam Duvall.
Duvall, who was an All-Star with the Reds in 2016, went to Atlanta in the Lucas Sims deal. After a rough first few months with the club in 2018, he performed exceptionally in his 2019 sample. In 41 games in 2019, he posted a robust .882 OPS with 10 homeruns. In 2020, he hit 16 homeruns despite the shortened season and to an OPS well above league average at .833 in 57 games. His defense is always solid and his bat has really come back around for the Braves. Now he will be searching for his fourth Big League team (Giants, Reds, Braves) this offseason.
It’s not noted if the decision was due to Duvall’s health, as he was taken off of the NLCS roster after just one game with an oblique injury. He fouled off a fastball on his swing. He was set to make $4M in arbitration. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic does note the Braves are willing to bring him back for less.