INF Rylan Bannon was claimed off waivers today by the Chicago Cubs.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 18, 2022
The 26-year-old Bannon didn’t see much action in Atlanta in 2022. He played in one game and didn’t register a plate appearance. Bannon was mostly depth in AAA, and if you know how badly the Braves needed infield depth in 2022, it says a lot that he didn’t get a cup of coffee. However, Bannon slashed .328/.447/.478/.925 over 21 games with the Stripers. It’s a relatively small sample size, but obviously, the Cubs saw something they liked.
The actual harm here is the depth in AAA taking a hit. The Braves have little to no infield depth. They employed Robinson Canó for a couple of games. That can be fixed this offseason with a similar pickup, or maybe the Braves will look to replace him via a trade or waiver claim of their own.
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