The Braves made a slew of roster moves on Friday afternoon that included one addition and one subtraction. Atlanta is bringing in veteran Abraham Almonte on a non-guaranteed deal. He will end up earning just under $1 million if he makes the major league roster. In more somber news, fan-favorite, Charlie Culberson, has elected to become a free agent.
In addition, INF/OF Charlie Culberson has elected to become a free agent. Atlanta now has 34 players on its 40-man roster.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 30, 2020
Almonte is an eight-year MLB veteran that plays in the outfield; however, there’s little reason to believe he will contribute to the Braves next season. If he does, Atlanta might be in some trouble. Almonte has a career .668 OPS and only has 13 career home runs in over 1,100 plate appearances. He appeared in seven games last season for the Padres, recording a .091 batting average with a .322 OPS.
As far as Charlie Culberson goes, I imagine he is just testing free agency, hoping he can find a guaranteed contract from another team. If he can’t, he will likely join the Braves on a similar deal to Almonte’s.