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Top Michael Tonkin News

  • Mets' Michael Tonkin: Signs with Mets

    Tonkin signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The 2023 campaign marked Tonkin's return to the majors after six seasons, and he logged a 4.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with a 75:23 K:BB across 80 innings. The 34-year-old righty will likely operate as a multi-inning reliever in a Mets bullpen that struggled to find consistent success last season.

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  • Michael Tonkin: Becomes free agent

    Tonkin was non-tendered by Atlanta on Friday, MLB.com reports.

    Tonkin, who turns 34 on Sunday, posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 80 innings of relief for Atlanta in 2023, so he should have no problem finding a job in the majors with another club for 2024.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Included on NLDS roster

    Tonkin will be on Atlanta's roster for the NLDS versus the Phillies, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    The 33-year-old right-hander essentially won out over Kyle Wright for the primary long relief gig. Tonkin struggled down the stretch in the regular season, but he was a bullpen workhorse for the NL East champs over the course of the year while logging 80 innings across 45 appearances.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Notches first MLB save

    Tonkin picked up the save in Thursday's 8-3 win over the Rockies. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out six over 3.1 scoreless innings.

    Tonkin was dominant in relief Thursday to earn his first career save. He now sports a 3.21 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 28:7 K:BB through 33.2 innings this season. While the 33-year-old Tonkin won't see any ninth-inning usage, he could work his way into a higher-leverage role with Atlanta while Jesse Chavez (lower leg) is on the IL.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Activated from injured list

    Atlanta activated Tonkin (neck) from the 15-day injured list Thursday.

    Tonkin is back to fill a multi-inning bullpen role for the current NL East leaders after needing a couple weeks off due to a neck injury. Roddery Munoz was sent out in a corresponding roster move.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Set for rehab assignment

    Tonkin (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.

    Tonkin has missed the last week-plus with a neck injury but is feeling well enough to test things out in a rehab setting. He's eligible for activation on Thursday, so he might need just one rehab appearance before rejoining Atlanta's bullpen.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Placed on injured list

    Tonkin was placed on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a strained neck.

    Tonkin has been solid out of the bullpen overall this season, but he's surrendered six earned runs through 7.1 innings in his last three appearances. He'll likely only require a minimum stint on the IL, and his move clears room for Atlanta to recall Dylan Dodd from Triple-A Gwinnett.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Collects another win

    Tonkin (3-1) picked up the win in Sunday's extra-innings victory over the Orioles, striking out one over two perfect innings of relief.

    The 33-year-old has made a remarkable return to the majors this season after last seeing time on an MLB roster in 2017 with the Twins. Tonkin has a 1.89 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB through 19 innings, and while his role in the Atlanta bullpen limits his fantasy value, he's already tied his career high in wins and could end up vulturing a few more before the campaign is through.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: First MLB win since 2016

    Tonkin (1-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Reds, allowing one hit and striking out three over three scoreless innings of relief.

    Kyle Wright lasted only three innings in his 2023 debut, but Tonkin took over in the top of the fourth and shut down Cincy's offense, giving Atlanta a chance to come back from a 4-2 deficit. It's the right-hander's first big-league win since 2016, and he's looked great in his return to the majors in a long-relief role, posting a 2.16 ERA and 7:1 K:BB through 8.1 innings for four appearances.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Takes loss to Friars

    Tonkin (0-1) took the loss Friday as Atlanta fell 5-4 to the Padres, giving up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings while striking out one.

    The 33-year-old righty hadn't pitched in the majors since 2017, but he won one of the final spots in the bullpen this spring and has been solid in a low-leverage role so far, posting a 3.38 ERA, 0.56 WHIP and 4:1 K:BB through 5.1 innings over three appearances. Tonkin has no minor-league options remaining, so he would be subject to waivers if Atlanta tried to send him down to Triple-A Gwinnett for a fresh arm.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Will make Opening Day roster

    Tonkin has been informed that he has made the Opening Day roster, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    Tonkin was added to the 40-man roster by Atlanta to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and while he has forged a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 innings in the Grapefruit League, he's done enough to win a job to begin the season. It may be a short stint for Tonkin, however, as Bowman suggests Tonkin is likely the arm that gets sent down when Atlanta promotes Dylan Dodd for his start against the Cardinals next Tuesday.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Joins MLB roster

    Tonkin was added to Atlanta's major-league roster Thursday.

    The right-hander joined Atlanta on a minor-league contract for 2022 and will now enter the offseason on the big-league roster. Tonkin spent the campaign at Triple-A Gwinnett and had a 3.17 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 73:15 K:BB over 48.1 innings. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017 with Minnesota.

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  • Braves' Michael Tonkin: Signs with Atlanta

    Tonkin signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Jan. 11.

    Tonkin has thrown 146.1 innings at the highest level, posting a 4.43 ERA. The last of those came back in 2017, however. Since then, he's spent time pitching in Japan, Mexico and the independent Atlantic League, where he recorded an 0.53 ERA and a 21:5 K:BB last season in 17 innings as a member of the Long Island Ducks.

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  • Diamondbacks' Michael Tonkin: Lands with Arizona

    The Diamondbacks purchased Tonkin's contract Monday from the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He'll be assigned to Triple-A Reno.

    Tonkin had previously spent time in the Rangers and Brewers organizations in 2019 before signing with Long Island in mid-June. The 29-year-old apparently made a positive impression on the Diamondbacks during his stint in independent ball and will be given a look in the Pacific Coast League as the season winds down. Tonkin has previously made 141 relief appearances at the big-league level, with his last MLB action coming in 2017.

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  • Brewers' Michael Tonkin: Latches on with Brewers

    Tonkin signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday.

    It didn't take long for Tonkin to find a new home after being released by the Rangers earlier Friday. The right-hander spent last season in Japan, notching a 3.71 ERA in 51 innings for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He'll report to minor-league camp.

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  • Michael Tonkin: Let go by Rangers

    Tonkin was released by the Rangers on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Tonkin spent last season in Japan and signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers in January. The 29-year-old allowed one run on two hits over 4.2 spring innings, but Texas nonetheless decided to move in a different direction.

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  • Rangers' Michael Tonkin: Signs minors deal with Texas

    Tonkin agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

    Tonkin had previously spent parts of five seasons with the Twins, throwing 146.1 innings of relief with a 4.43 ERA. He pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan last season, finishing with a 3.71 ERA in 51 innings.

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  • Michael Tonkin: Heads to Japan

    Tonkin's rights were sold to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball by the Twins on Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

    Tonkin is expected to serve as the closer for the team moving forward, and will receive a guaranteed deal of $2.1 million over the next two years. The right-hander only appeared in 16 games after pitching in 65 for the Twins in 2016, and didn't do much to warrant any real fantasy consideration, as he accumulated a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 21 innings out of the club's bullpen.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Glendale, CA
Age: 34
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R