Before they two other, more significant middle infield moves today, the Braves cut ties with veteran Omar Infante, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Twitter. Atlanta went on to trade Erick Aybar, getting Mike Aviles and a prospect in return, and promoted top prospect Dansby Swanson.
Infante had signed on with Atlanta on a minor league deal about six weeks ago, following his release by the Royals. Kansas City is still paying the full $8MM owed to Infante this year, as well as a $2MM buyout on a 2017 option.
Since joining the Braves organization, the 34-year-old Infante has played in 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett. Unfortunately, he has largely continued the same listless hitting that led K.C. to cut ties with him in the first place. Over 116 plate appearances at Triple-A, Infante carries a .209/.226/.300 batting line that is actually a fair bit worse than the .239/.279/.321 mark he owns in 149 trips to the plate this year in the majors.