Braves: Old friend joins contending team out West

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It wasn’t long ago that Johan Camargo looked like an integral piece of what the Braves were building in Atlanta. He started at third base back in 2018, helping the club to the first of what will be six straight NL East titles by the end of the season. Camargo hit .272 that year with 19 long balls and accrued over 3.0 WAR, but it wasn’t enough for the Braves to commit to him long term.

Instead, Alex Anthopoulos went out and inked Josh Donaldson to a one-year contract, which turned out to be a brilliant move. Camargo was moved to a super utility role off the bench, but it wasn’t something he acclimated to successfully. He struggled coming off the bench and never looked like the same player in the seasons following. Eventually, in 2021, he was DFA’d.

Last season, Camargo spent time with the Phillies, and he’s bounced around AAA this year. Now, he’ll reach the majors for the seventh straight season, as the Giants have selected his contract.

The Giants are currently in the thick of the NL Wild Card race, sitting in the second Wild Card position and 0.5 games ahead of the Marlins. Coincidentally, they also come to town this weekend to face the Braves at Truist Park, where Camargo’s career began.

I always liked Camargo. He was dealt a poor hand by the Braves after a stellar first season as a starter, and nothing has been the same since. Perhaps that changes with the Giants, just as long as it doesn’t happen this weekend when they face off with the Braves.

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire
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