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Braves trade Nate Freiman to the Nationals for Tyler Moore


The Braves and Nationals agreed on an intra-division trade on Sunday, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Braves are shipping out first baseman Nate Freiman and receiving 1B/OF Tyler Moore from the Nationals.

Freiman, 29, has hit only .120 in 25 spring at-bats thus far. He was competing for a spot on the Braves’ roster to serve as a bench bat, as Freddie Freeman isn’t giving up his grip on the first base position anytime soon.

Moore, 29, has been similarly unsuccessful this spring, batting .129 in 31 at-bats. The Nationals waived him on Thursday and outrighted him to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

This is basically just a swap of middling players who weren’t going to make their previous clubs’ Opening Day rosters. We’ll probably see a few more of these before the regular season begins.

The Braves also acquired lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty from the Pirates for cash on Sunday, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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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.