Moylan walked two of three batters he faced in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Nationals before being pulled with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. After starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed a one-out double, Moylan got the call from the bullpen and retired only one hitter while proceeding to load the bases with the two free passes. Fortunately for Foltynewicz and Moylan, Sam Freeman was able to strike out Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded to end the Washington threat and spare both pitchers damage to their ERAs. All four of Moylan's appearances this season have spanned less than an inning, so it's likely that manger Brian Snitker will continue to pick his spots carefully with the 39-year-old right-hander, who has held same-handed hitters to a .207/.272/.300 line for his career.
Moylan signed a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Braves on Monday, Moylan and the Braves had been in discussions on a contract the last several days, but the terms of the deal weren't known until the 39-year-old completed a three-hour physical Monday. The Aussie sidearmer returns to the organization he started his career with on a major-league contract that escalates to $1.25 million if he's included on the Braves' Opening Day roster. After sitting out the 2014 campaign following his second Tommy John surgery, Moylan has enjoyed a nice late-career surge, accruing a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 96 holds over the past three seasons, the last two of which came with the Royals. Look for him to settle into a situational setup role for the Braves if he makes it out of the spring healthy.
Moylan and the Braves came to terms on a contract Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Moylan will take a physical later Monday before it's revealed whether he received a minor- or major-league contract, but either way, the 39-year-old, who had two previous stints with Atlanta from 2006 to 2012 and in 2015, should have a great shot at claiming an Opening Day roster spot in light of his success in Kansas City in 2017. The Aussie made 79 appearances out of the Royals bullpen last season, registering a 3.49 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 59.1 innings. He was especially effective against right-handed batters, holding them to a .161/.244/.236 line.
Moylan gave up a hit during a scoreless eighth inning against the White Sox on Tuesday en route to his 21st hold of the year. The veteran has crept his way into the top five for holds among his AL counterparts. Moylan has appeared in 70 games for the Royals this season, managing a 3.67 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while topping 20 holds for the third time in his 11-year career.
Moylan pitched a clean ninth inning in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Dodgers. The 38-year-old veteran's ERA (5.28) continues to be scarred by a handful of atrocious outings earlier in the season, but he hasn't been nearly as bad as what's seen on the surface. His ERA has been steadily deflating for nearly two months, and Moylan owns a beautiful 1.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts over his last 20 appearances. Furthermore, he's converted all 11 of his hold chances this year, tying him with setup man Joakim Soria for most on the team.