The Braves have selected the contract of outfielder Abraham Almonte from Triple-A Gwinnett. In corresponding moves, right-hander Jay Flaa was optioned to Triple-A, and a 40-man roster spot was opened when Huascar Ynoa was moved to the 60-day injured list.
A veteran of eight MLB seasons, Almonte now looks to add a ninth campaign to his record after signing with the Braves last October. While Almonte technically signed a Major League contract, it wasn’t a guaranteed deal, and Atlanta already outrighted him off its 40-man roster near the end of Spring Training and Almonte chose to remain in the organization.
Almonte has played for five different teams over his career, hitting .237/.298/.370 over 1151 plate appearances. A part-timer and platoon outfielder for much of his tenure, Almonte hasn’t seen much action over the last two seasons, appearing in 24 total games with the Diamondbacks and Padres since the start of the 2019 season. However, Almonte’s ability to play all three outfield positions will add some depth to an Atlanta bench that is short on true outfielders.
Well that screams desperation
Unfortunate all the injuries the game is seeing
FredMcGriff for the HOF
Almonte has earned the chance. Batting average of .400 in AAA. Might as well see what he can do.
1151 PA with a .237/.298/.370/.668
Safe to say we know what he can do
But yes, it’s understandable under the circumstances why they are giving him a few more MLB games. Doesn’t change it being a desperation move however
Abraham Almonte is Adonis Garcia. As a Braves fan, I’d rather not re-live those times.
As a Padre fan I can tell you Almonte is better than his Major League numbers…….but barely.
Desperation would be Cleveland trading for him, to fix their outfield issues.
Almonte did alright for the Tribe in 2015. As a result we had to suffer through him in 2016 and 2017. He showed up fat and out of shape for Spring Training in 2016.
Don’t give them any ideas lol
Wow, the Braves are finally letting go of having a 14 man pitching staff, and actually adding an outfielder instead of another infielder playing the outfield. It’s about time!
Soon enough there will be signs outside their stadiums for open tryouts! It’s insane all these injuries.
It makes more sense to give Waters a shot vs. Almonte if you ask me. Time to give the kids a shot; sometimes that is the best shot in the arm a team can get.
Waters needs more time at AAA. He is part of the future for the Braves. Almonte is just a band aid.
Almonte reminds me of Margot in TB, who is hitting clean up on a world series team.
Yeah if that doesn’t tell you that baseball has an incredible rash of injuries, nothing will.
,.400 over past 5-6 games,Drew Waters Avg.Over 2 Weeks @ AAA is .300 & HE’ s Hit Over .300 every level HE’ s been at.
.400for last 5-6 games.Waters has BA of .300 entire time HE’ s been @ AAA & hit Over .300 every Minor league team HE’ s Been on
Call me a dreamer but I think Atlanta is going to try landing Mitch Haniger , they are almost certain to make a trade for a full time OF with some pop.
FredMcGriff for the HOF
I’m not sure Haniger is the answer. You can be sure they’d want a kings ransom for the 1 & 2/3 year control of him. They’d probably want Pache or Waters and some other pieces. I would rather just bring Waters up soon and see what he can do. Let’s face reality we just lost the 3rd best bat in the lineup for the year at least and I wouldn’t be surprised if that player has his contract voided. Freeman is unsigned beyond this year so I’m guessing the Braves might use those dollars to extend Freddie.
Sandoval to 3rd and Riley to left field are the best options from an offensive perspective, and in this case that is what the Braves need, they need Sandoval’s bat in the line-up.
Is Sandoval still capable of playing 3B? He’s obviously a great bat off the bench, but I’m genuinely asking- can he still be an everyday player?
Sandoval needs to stay in Manny Mota mode. Pinch hitter. Spot starter. Great bench support. I would be very skeptical to send him out to third every day.