Braves reunite with old friend, free agent on minor league pacts

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It’s not Dansby Swanson or another marquee free agent signing, but the Braves have acquired a pair of players on minor league pacts, reuniting with an old friend in Ehire Adrianza and another utility man in Mitchell Tolman, per Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Adrianza’s deal includes an invite to the spring training, but Tolman’s will not. Adrianza spent all of the 2021 campaign with the Braves, accumulating a 0.6 fWAR. He parlayed that into a $1.5 million guaranteed contract with the Nationals last year, but he was inevitably traded back to the Braves, where he saw minimal playing time and assumed a reserve role. He’ll have a chance to make the roster, but the infield situation suggests slim chances of him grabbing one of the last roster spots.

Tolman not getting invited to spring training suggests his standing is even worse than Adrianza’s and should be considered a long shot. The 28-year-old Tolman had a .775 OPS with 11 homers in 2022 at Triple-A Columbus in the Guardians organization and can provide similar defensive flexibility as Adrianza.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

 

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