Father Time is undefeated. And while it was certainly not a bad year for Braves reliever Chris Martin, a drastic drop off in strikeouts during his age-35 season led to veteran righty losing his role as the club’s locked-in 8th inning reliever.
Martin came over at the 2019 Trade Deadline in exchange for Kolby Allard. The Braves then signed Martin to a two-year deal worth $14 million for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Coming into the season, Martin was penciled in for the seventh or eighth innings in what was expected to be a fine bullpen.