Braves reunite with an old friend amid a flurry of roster moves

Braves trade deadline Rosario

Ahead of their 4th of July weekend series against the Phillies, the Braves picked up an old friend, signing Eddie Rosario on a minor league pact.

The Braves also announced a flurry of other transactions, including selecting Eli White’s contract to the big league roster, optioning Forrest Wall to Triple-A Gwinnett, and moving Ray Kerr to the 60-day injured list.

Rosario was officially released from the Nationals yesterday and joins the Braves today. He was initially designated for assignment on Monday but went unclaimed. During his three-month stint with Washington, he hit only .183/.226/.329 with seven home runs and is hoping to refind some of that 2021 magic back in Atlanta.


Ahead of the trade deadline a few years ago, the Braves acquired a struggling Eddie Rosario from the Guardians. All he did after that was hit .271/.330/.573 with seven homers in 106 plate appearances en route to NLCS MVP honors and helping the Braves to the World Series.

The Braves then re-signed him to a two-year, $18 million free agent deal, but it went horribly. Rosario had vision issues during the 2022 campaign and put together an average season last year before the Braves opted to not pick up his $9 million club option in 2024.

Atlanta desperately needs some life in this lineup, and even though Eddie Rosario has been dreadful this season, some players just play better in Atlanta. Jesse Chavez is the perfect example.

The veteran reliever looks like he couldn’t pitch in a beer softball league with other clubs then turns into the best version of himself with the Braves. There’s no reason to depend on Rosario for the rest of the season, but maybe he can provide the offense with one of his patented hot streaks to get the Braves to the trade deadline.

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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