The Braves announced this morning that they have selected the corner infielder contract. Pablo Sandoval. Gardener Phil Ervin he has been designated for assignment to clear the 40-man roster space. In addition, the Braves launched the unlisted utility vehicle. Jason kipnis.
Sandoval made the Atlanta roster late last season and had four postseason plate appearances. The Braves brought him back to a minor league contract in January, and now he will earn a season-opening spot on the active roster. Sandoval will join a crowded but still uncertain third base mix in Atlanta, where Austin riley, Johan Camargo, Jake lamb and the newly added Ehire Adrianza everyone could have playtime. The 34-year-old Sandoval hit just .214 / .287 / .262 in 94 plate appearances last season, but was an above-average hitter in 2019 with the Giants.
Ervin has bounced through waivers from the Reds to the Mariners to the Cubs and Atlanta since last summer. The 28-year-old hit quite well during his first two seasons in Cincinnati, but fell to a .149 / .292 / .189 mark last season. Teams remained intrigued by Ervin’s combination of decent offense and the ability to play all three field positions, but the outfielder with no options has struggled to stay on an active roster. Atlanta has one week to trade Ervin or place him on outright exemptions.
Kipnis signed a minor league contract with Atlanta after spending last season with the Cubs. The former Indians second baseman hit .237 / .341 / .404 with Chicago in 2020. Now he will return to the open market in search of a new opportunity.