Atlanta Braves acquire utility infielder in trade from Boston Red Sox

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After being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, Hoy Park has been acquired by the Braves, in which Atlanta sent cash considerations and a player to be named later to Boston.

Park will turn 27 next season and has spent most of his career within the Yankees organization but spent the 2021 campaign with the Pirates. He was a part of the trade that sent Clay Holmes to New York.

Park appeared in 68 games at the major league level but slashed an unimpressive .201/.291/.346, good for a 74 wRC+ — 26% below the league average. There were flashes, though. With the Yankees Triple-A affiliates, he slashed .327/.475/.567 for a wRC+ of 180 in 48 games. However, following the trade, he regressed.

He’s an excellent combination of speed and defensive versatility, regularly posting double-digit steals in the minors with appearances at three infield positions; his stick is just inconsistent.

The Boston Red Sox designated him for assignment just three weeks after acquiring him from the Pirates, but they had a week to work out a trade or pass him through waivers. This is nothing more than a low-cost move by the Atlanta Braves to add depth, given Park’s minor league options.

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