Braves sign free agent outfielder Kevin Pillar

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The Braves and Kevin Pillar have agreed to a minor league deal that will pay him $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

The 34-year-old veteran has 10 MLB seasons under his belt, spanning six different clubs. After being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Pillar has been a slightly below league average hitter for much of his career, with his best OPS+ mark coming in 2020. During the COVID-shortened season, Pillar accrued 1.0 fWAR and 105 wRC+ but has a career .259/.296/.408 slash line with a .704 OPS

An injury kept him out of the 2022 season, and his 2021 campaign with the Mets wasn’t impressive. In New York, Pillar slashed .231/.277/.415 with a .692 OPS — all below his career averages and some of the worst marks of his career.

There was a point where he was a decent hitter that could play very good center field defense, but now, he’s a role player.¬†The Braves will expect below-average batting with serviceable outfield defense if Kevin Pillar even makes the major league roster.

Photographer: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire


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