Best Move: Signing Craig Kimbrel to a four-year, $42 million contract extension
Over the past three seasons, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has arguably been the best pitcher in all of baseball. During that stretch, the right-hander has produced the lowest ERA, WHIP and batting average against as well as the highest K/9 ratio (14.9) in all of baseball, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The six-year, $32.4 million extension that the club handed out to Julio Teheran was also in the mix for the Braves' top move of the offseason.
Worst Move: Signing Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million contract extension
The Braves have made some brilliant moves this offseason in locking up Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Andrelton Simmons. Of all those deals, the extension for Simmons carries the most risk.
The 2013 Gold Glove winner is incredible in the field, but his bat very much remains a question mark, so he's here by default. Simmons did hit 17 home runs in 2013, but he also posted a .296 OBP and a 87 OPS+. Those numbers could improve as he gains experience, but if they go in the opposite direction, that contract could begin to look too large even with the runs he saves on the field.