Report: Braves sign reliever Carl Edwards to minor-league deal

Chicago Cubs' Carl Edwards celebrates after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs' Carl Edwards celebrates after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Credit: Gene J. Puskar

Credit: Gene J. Puskar

The Braves signed right-handed reliever Carl Edwards to a minor-league deal Friday, according to multiple reports. Edwards, 29, will compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.

Edwards has appeared in only 27 games across the past two seasons. He was limited by shoulder problems in 2019 and missed most of last season because of a forearm strain. Before his latest injury, Edwards was a bright spot in a bad Mariners bullpen, owning a 1.93 ERA with six strikeouts against one walk in five appearances before going on the injured list in early August.

From 2016-18, Edwards was a productive member of the contending Cubs’ bullpen. He had a 3.03 ERA with 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings over that stretch (167 games).

Edwards is a no-risk, moderate-upside play for the Braves. If he can recapture a semblance of his past form, it isn’t difficult to see him earning a spot in the bullpen. The Braves are seeking bullpen reinforcements, and Edwards presented a worthy flier at a minimal cost.

Jon Becker of Roster Resource was the first to report the Edwards signing.

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