Tuesday morning was a busy one for the Atlanta Braves' front office as the team declined to offer abritration contract to reliever Peter Moylan and infielder Brooks Conrad, allowing them both to become free agents.
After the Braves saw Moylan pitch for Australia in the 2006 World Baseball classic, Atlanta signed the right-hander to a contract. While he had his bright spots on the mound, Moylan suffered through many injuries, leading to the Braves eventual release of the 33-year-old.
In 2007, Moylan became a reliable part of the staff pitching in 80 games in his first big league season. However, 2008 began the reliever's injury struggles as he missed almost all of his second season after Tommy John surgery shut him down. After recovering from the elbow injury, Moylan came back to pitch in 87 games in 2009 and 85 more in 2010. Last season, he suffered a back injury that required surgery in early May. After returning in September, Moylan pitched in just six games before tearing his rotator cuff and ending his season.
Despite his injury problems, Moylan posted a 19-2 career record over six season in Atlanta with a 2.60 ERA in 287 appearances.
Conrad, who became a fan favorite for his late-game heroics, was also let go after a 2011 season in which he struggled to hit just .223 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 92 games.
After being signed by the Braves as a free agent in 2008, the 32-year-old utility infielder played in 225 games for Atlanta, hitting .233 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI, mainly in a pinch-hitting role.
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