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Braves sign pitcher Taylor Widener to a minor league deal.

Braves Sign Right-Hander Taylor Widener to Minor League Deal After Stint in South Korea

The Atlanta Braves have signed former major league pitcher Taylor Widener to a minor-league deal, sources tell Braves Today. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Widener, a 12th-round selection of the New York Yankees in 2016 out of the University of South Carolina, will begin the season in AAA Gwinnett.

Only 29, Widener debuted in 2020 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and appeared in 49 games for them (including 13 starts) across three seasons. Going 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA, Widener suffered from walk and homer issues, putting up a 4.5 BB/9 and a 1.8 HR/9 over that span.

He went back to starting last season in Korea, pitching in the KBO with the NC Dinos and the Samsung Lions. Across 20 starts (and 21 total appearances), he was 7-5 with a 4.54 ERA.

The Braves have signed right-hander Taylor Widener to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at The righty has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett for now but could perhaps be in big league camp as a non-roster invitee.

Widener was working exclusively out of the bullpen in 2022 but was mostly back in a starting gig in 2023. It’s unknown if Atlanta prefers him in one role or the other but they might like the flexibility. They signed reliever Reynaldo López this offseason and will reportedly stretch him out in the spring, with the plan of moving him back to the bullpen if he doesn’t win a rotation job.


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