In a sneaky nice depth move, the Braves have signed Yonder Alonso to a minor league deal:
Free-agent 1B Yonder Alonso has signed a minor-league deal with the #Braves, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 4, 2020
With little to no farm depth at first base, it was smart to bring in some insurance in case Freddie Freeman suffers another injury. Alonso has been pretty decent since coming into the league with the Reds in 2010, his longest stint being the Padres starting 1st baseman from 2012-2015. He battled some injuries before he was traded to Oakland. 2017 was his strongest year, mashing 28 bombs and followed it up with 23 in 2018. But he saw a very sharp decline with the White Sox in 2019, only hitting .178 with 7 HRs. Most recently, he had a bit of a comeback after signing a minor league deal with the Rockies in July, hitting .260 with 3 HRs in 54 games. Now, he will hope to win a bench job with Atlanta in Spring Training.
Alonso is what he is at this point, but I think he’s a great addition that comes with absolutely no risk. Worst case scenario he serves as quality depth on the farm.
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