Brower, Obermueller not offered deals

Brower, Obermueller not offered deals

ATLANTA -- The Braves opted not to tender contracts to right-handers Jim Brower and Wes Obermueller by Tuesday's midnight ET deadline.

All Major League teams had to offer contracts to all their unsigned players before the deadline. Brower and Obermueller were the Braves' only arbitration-eligible players who weren't tendered contracts.

Atlanta's other arbitration-eligible players are Marcus Giles, Chris Reitsma, Horacio Ramirez, Jorge Sosa and Oscar Villarreal. They will either be granted a salary through arbitration or reach a deal with the team before beginning their arbitration hearings.

While Brower could have provided a veteran presence to their bullpen, the Braves couldn't financially risk offering him arbitration and having him provide the same inconsistency he did in 2005. The soon-to-be 33-year-old allowed opponents to produce a .393 on-base-percentage against him this season, which he spent with the Giants and Braves.

Brower made $1.13 million this year. The 69 appearances he made in 2005 and 89 appearances he made in 2004 would have put him in position to realize a respectable raise as an arbitration-eligible player.

Obermueller was obtained by the Braves in the trade that sent Dan Kolb back to Milwaukee two weeks ago. The right-handed reliever was 1-4 with a 5.26 ERA in 23 appearances with the Brewers in 2005.

There's a chance the Braves could sign Obermueller to a Minor League contract in the next few days.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.