On a Zoom call with reporters from his home in Arizona, Smyly said he loved his time in San Francisco and acknowledged that the changes the Giants made to his delivery, and their insistence he use his curveball more, propelled him to the success that fostered this deal. But he also said the Braves topped his wish list of free-agent destinations. Once they expressed interest in me, it made my decision pretty easy," Smyly said, adding that Atlanta was his earliest and most aggressive suitor.