Braves sign Dan Winkler to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

Jan 12, 2018
Braves reliever Dan Winkler has come back from two major elbow surgeries in the past three years. 

The Braves signed reliever Dan Winkler to a one-year, $610,000 contract Friday, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander.

After he missed much of three seasons recovering from two major elbow surgeries, Winkler made an impressive return in late August, posting a 2.51 ERA and .152 opponents’ average in 16 appearances and allowing seven hits and six walks with 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

He has accrued most of his three years of major league service while on the 60-day disabled list, first while recovering from Tommy John surgery and then for a broken elbow sustained while throwing a pitch in his third appearance of the 2016 season April 10. 

Winkler, who’ll turn 28 on Feb. 2, was projected to make about $1 million if the Braves had gone to an arbitration hearing with him.

A former Rule 5 pick from the Rockies, Winkler must spend the first few weeks of the 2018 season on the Braves’ 25-man major league roster to fulfill Rule 5 requirements or be offered back to the Rockies for half of the original claiming price.