The Atlanta Braves have decided to not tender Peter Moylan and Brooks Conrad a contract for 2012. The news about Moylan does not come as a surprise, although most expected Conrad back with his pinch-hitting ability off the bench. They are now considered free agents, although the organization has stated they will consider bringing both of them back on Minor League deals.
As for Moylan, a fan-favorite since becoming a Brave in 2006, the Aussie sidearmer is currently recovering from major shoulder surgery. Combine that with the back surgery he underwent in May and it is no wonder Atlanta decided to not pay him the $2-3 million he could have earned in 2012. With Cory Gearrin already in the organization, expect him to take over the role Moylan served the last few seasons.
The loss of Conrad is bittersweet. Braves Country will never forgive him for the nightmares he brought in the 2010 NLDS, but his pinch-hitting heroics off the bench were legendary the past two seasons. Assuming his glove is not heavily relied on, Conrad could become a nice pinch-hitting option for some team around the league.