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.