Justin De Fratus has elected free agency.
The 27-year-old hurler had been outrighted to Triple-A earlier in the week but has refused that assignment. He registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings with the Phillies during the 2015 campaign.
Erik Kratz has elected free agency.
The veteran backstop traveled through four organizations during the 2015 season, spending time with the Royals, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies. He appeared in just 16 games at the big league level, slashing .192/.214/.269 with three RBI. He'll look to score a minor league deal this winter with an opportunity to compete for a backup catcher job.
Chase d'Arnaud has elected free agency.
The veteran infielder was sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, but refused the assignment and will explore the open market instead. The 28-year-old is a career .205/.231/.277 hitter with no homers and seven RBI in 166 big league at-bats.
Braves sent RHP Ryan Kelly outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 27-year-old had a dominant season at Triple-A before getting his shot with the Braves, but stumbled to a 7.02 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings in his first major league action. He should get another chance with the Braves at some point in 2016.
Braves sent C Ryan Lavarnway outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 28-year-old backstop appeared in 37 big league games between the Orioles and Braves in 2015, hitting a meager .191/.283/.319 with two homers, six RBI and a 28/12 K/BB ratio. The former top prospect may never live him to the massive hype that once surrounded him, but he still provides solid depth behind the plate.