The Braves outrighted Ryan Flaherty after he cleared waivers, as Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to tweet. The veteran infielder has accepted the assignment, but can still choose to elect free agency at season’s end.
Flaherty, 32, rushed out to a hot start at the plate but steadily trailed off over the course of the season. Through 172 total plate appearances in 2018, he’s slashing just .222/.298/.301 — good for a meager 59 wRC+ that falls in line with his numbers in recent seasons.
Flaherty’s role diminished as well with Johan Camargo returning to action and Charlie Culberson engaged in his own surprising run of success. (Interestingly, Statcast actually gives Flaherty the slight edge in xwOBA for the year over Culberson, taking a rather dim view of both players’ batted-ball output.) When a roster spot was needed recently, Flaherty was designated for assignment. He had taken only 32 plate appearances over the preceding two months.
Despite his offensive struggles, Flaherty will “likely” be added back to the MLB roster at some point in September, Burns tweets. Of course, that would still require the Atlanta organization to open a 40-man spot, so other considerations could still intervene. Presumably, if he does make it back to the majors this season, Flaherty will see occasional time as a defensive and baserunning replacement.