The Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a one-year, $1 million contract. The soon-to-be 31-year old is a .253 career hitter through eight MLB seasons. ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan first reported the signing.
Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria and the Atlanta Braves are in agreement on a one-year, $1 million contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. Good utility option who played second, short and third while with the Braves last season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 16, 2020
Hechavarria split time with the Mets and Braves in 2019, and came to Atlanta in August on a free agent contract. He filled the hole made by injuries all over the Braves’ infield, and in 24 games with Atlanta, Hechavarria slashed .328/.400/.639. The shortstop added four home runs, 15 RBI, and 14 runs scored. Hechavarria’s stat line was a pleasant surprise for the Braves in 2019.
The signing of Adeiny Hechavarria addresses the need of infield depth for Atlanta. The defensive specialist will provide versatility to a Braves infield that lost Josh Donaldson to the Minnesota Twins earlier this week. Hechavarria can spell Dansby Swanson at short, and be a reliable back up for Ozzie Albies at second base.
The Atlanta Braves now have 39 players on their 40-man roster with the addition of Hechavarria.
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