The Atlanta Braves have signed left handed pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract worth $11 million. The team announced the news Monday afternoon. He joins a rotation that includes Ian Anderson, Max Fried, Josh Tomlin, and Kyle Wright.
Smyly spent the 2019 season with the San Francisco Giants, making five starts over seven appearances. He finished 0-1 with 26 1⁄3 innings pitched and had an ERA of 3.42 and WHIP of 1.10. In the shortened 2020 season, Smyly had career bests in strikeout rate (37.8%) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (14.35) while giving up a .198/.261/.297 slash line to opposing batters.
The Giants expressed interest in re-signing him as he was proving he had made it back from 2017 Tommy John surgery. Smyly had the surgery after a career-high 175 1⁄3 innings in 2016 and missed all of 2017 and 2018.