Atlanta released veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez from his minor-league deal, deciding he wasn’t needed in the rotation after acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from Arizona.
Just a couple weeks ago Rodriguez was believed to be penciled into a rotation spot, but now the Braves have Cahill and are also expected to go with Eric Stults in the rotation.
For a long time Rodriguez was a reliable mid-rotation starter for the Astros and one of the more underrated lefties around, but he’s struggled to stay healthy recently and at age 36 apparently didn’t impress the Braves despite posting a solid 3.13 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio in 23 innings this spring.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.