The Braves’ others coaches signed new one-year contracts before their 2013 contracts expired at midnight Thursday. McDowell, 52, did not, fueling speculation that he might jump to a multi-year contract with the Phillies with a significantly higher annual salary than the approximate $205,000 that he made in 2013 with the Braves.
Financial details of the new contract were not announced and were not immediately available.
The Phillies did not renew the contract of pitching coach Rich Dubee, whose salary was believed to be $360,000 in 2013.
Under McDowell, Braves pitchers lowered their team ERA from 4.56 in 2008 to 3.57 in 2009, 3.56 in 2010, 3.48 in 2011, 3.42 in 2012 and 3.18 in 2013.
“He deserves a lot of the praise,” Medlen said, “and this makes us feel even more excited to get back after it, going forward into 2014.”
An accomplished former relief pitcher, McDowell had a 70-70 record, 3.30 ERA and 159 saves during a 12-year major league career through 1996, including 2-1/2 seasons with the Phillies.
Braves relievers have posted a majors-leading 2.76 ERA over the past three seasons while tying for the fewest home runs allowed (103) in that period.