The 30-year-old is coming off the first All-Star season of his career with the San Francisco Giants, and did receive a $17.8 million qualifying offer from his former team, who recently hired Gabe Kapler as their new manager. The Braves will have to forfeit their second-highest pick in the 2020 MLB Draft to sign the reliever.
Smith was a perfect 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA, while recording 34 saves in 34 opportunities for the 2019 season. He struck out 96 batters while walking 21 of them, as he is expected to become the Braves' new full-time closer. Atlanta went through three different players at that position this past season, including Mark Melancon, Luke Jackson, and Shane Greene. None of those three solidified their spot in that role. Melancon was acquired from the Giants in a trade and had 11 saves, but showed plenty of excitement about this signing, which the rest of the Braves' faithful shares, saying "we just got better."