Chris Withrow inked a one-year deal with the Braves prior to the 2016 season. The club was no doubt hoping that the veteran reliever still possessed some of the tantalizing upside that he previously displayed with the Dodgers. He posted a sub-3.00 ERA and 31 percent strikeout rate in 2013 and 2014 before missing the entirety of 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, Withrow seemed to take a step back in 2016. In 46 appearances out of the bullpen, his strikeout rate declined to 17.7 percent, but he was still able to close out the season with a respectable 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 12 holds. After being non-tendered by the Braves, Withrow will attempt to latch onto a relief role with the Royals during spring training after signing an NRI contract with them.
Withrow was reassigned to the Royals' minor league camp Monday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Withrow has showed some promise in the past during his time with the Dodgers earlier in his career, but he was let go by the Braves in the offseason after wayward command limited his effectiveness in 2016. He was forced to settle for a minor-league deal with the Royals, and was unable to overcome a rough spring training in his bid for a roster spot. He'll slot in as organizational bullpen depth for the Royals, presumably at Triple-A Omaha.
Withrow received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Control issues and Tommy John surgery in 2014 have plagued Withrow throughout his career, but the Royals are making a minimal investment in the hope he can find both health and the strike zone in 2017. The 27-year-old posted a 3.58 ERA and 4.1 BB/9 in 37.2 innings for the Braves during 2016.
Withrow was non-tendered by the Braves on Friday, making him a free agent. Withrow lost a good chunk of his second half in 2016 to elbow inflammation and didn't put up great results when he was healthy, posting a 3.58 ERA and 4.90 FIP in 37.2 innings. It was his first season back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, but he seemed to show the same control woes that plagued him earlier in his career, now possessing a career 4.6 BB/9.
Withrow (elbow) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Elbow inflammation landed Withrow on the DL midway through August, but an MRI cleared him of any structural damage. The right-hander, who holds a 1.19 WHIP and 3.31 ERA across 32.2 innings, will provide bullpen depth over the final month of the season.
Withrow (elbow) played catch Tuesday, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports. Withrow is optimistic that he'll be off the DL shortly after he's eligible, although more information regarding his return will likely be known soon as he increases his baseball activities in the coming days. Before being placed on the DL, Withrow had posted a 3.31 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 40 games (32.7 innings).