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Braves Agree To Minor League Deal With Jose Bautista

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The Atlanta Braves and free agent slugger Jose Bautista have agreed on a Minor League deal for him to play third base, the club announced on Thursday.

Bautista, 37, has spent the last 10 seasons (since 2008) with the Toronto Blue Jays, primarily as a right fielder. Since 2012, he’s appeared in just 12 games at third base (eight in 2017), meaning he will certainly need time to ease himself back into the position which he played for a large portion early in his career.

If Bautista makes Atlanta’s 40-man roster, he will earn $1 million, according to ESPN.

Since becoming a Blue Jay, Bautista emerged as one of the game’s feared sluggers, hitting at least 22 home runs each season from 2010-17, and at least 35 in four of those seasons.

In his 14-year career (since 2004) for five teams (played for four teams in 2004), Bautista’s a career .250/.362/.480 hitter with 331 homers and 927 RBIs. Additionally, Bautista’s a six-time All-Star, two-time MLB home run leader (2010-11), two-time Hank Aaron Award winner, and three-time Silver Slugger.

Bautista had an extremely rough season in 2017, hitting .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 games (the second highest total of his career); his .203 average was the worst out of all 144 Major League qualifiers.

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Tigers Claim Dustin Peterson

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The Detroit Tigers have claimed outfielder Dustin Peterson off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers transferred John Hicks fro the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Peterson, 23, has had ups and downs during this stint in the minors, and has yet to show off the power that many thought he possessed.

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Braves Acquire Rene Rivera

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The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Los Angeles Angels via a waiver claim, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

With the move the Braves will take on the remaining $500k on Rivera’s contract. Rivera is scheduled to hit free agency after the season and currently carries a slash line of .244/.287/.439 to go along with four homeruns over 30 games this season.

Rivera has been limited this season due to injury.

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Braves Select Bryse Wilson, Designate Ryan Flaherty

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The Atlanta Braves have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Gwinnett, who will start tonight’s game ahead of right-hander Kevin Gausman, who was pushed back a day in the rotation, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

In corresponding moves, Atlanta has designated Ryan Flaherty for assignment and has announced that it has outrighted left-hander Chad Bell off of their 40-man roster.

Wilson, 20, opened the 2018 season at Class-A Advanced but has been so impressive he rose up the ranks, reaching the Triple-A level.

 

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