The Braves introduced on Saturday morning they’ve chosen the contract of nook infielder Pablo Sandoval. Outfielder Phil Ervin has been designated for task to clear 40-man roster house. Moreover, the Braves launched non-roster utilityman Jason Kipnis.
Sandoval made Atlanta’s roster late final season and picked up 4 postseason plate appearances. The Braves introduced him again on a minor league deal in January, and he’ll now earn a season-opening spot on the lively roster. Sandoval will be a part of a crowded however nonetheless unsure third base combine in Atlanta, the place Austin Riley, Johan Camargo, Jake Lamb and the newly added
Ehire Adrianza might all get taking part in time. Sandoval, 34, solely hit .214/.287/.262 over 94 plate appearances final season, however he was an above-average hitter as not too long ago as 2019 with the Giants.
Ervin has bounced round by way of waivers from the Reds to the Mariners to the Cubs and to Atlanta since final summer time. The 28-year-old hit pretty effectively over his first couple of seasons in Cincinnati however stumbled to a .149/.292/.189 mark final season. Groups remained intrigued by Ervin’s mixture of in any other case respectable offense and skill to play all three outfield positions, however the out-of-options outfielder has had bother sticking on an lively roster. Atlanta has per week to commerce Ervin or place him on outright waivers.
Kipnis signed a minor league take care of Atlanta after spending final season with the Cubs. The previous Indians second baseman hit .237/.341/.404 with Chicago in 2020. He’ll now return to the open market looking for a brand new alternative.