Ahead of the 2022 season, there was the distinct possibility that some fans may have forgotten that the Atlanta Braves signed Kirby Yates. Yates, of course, was out of action due to undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in March 2021. His last appearance was August 14, 2020. When Yates finally returned to the mound after 724 days, he was part of one of the strongest bullpens in MLB (second in MLB in fWAR as a unit), but his continued rehab journey meant his effectiveness was limited.
The Atlanta Braves signed Kirby Yates to a two-year contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024 on November 29, 2021.