UPDATE: Mark Bowman of MLB.com says that the Braves have now, in fact, signed Hechavarría. Johan Camargo and Adam Duvall have both been optioned to Gwinnett.
3:06 PM: Jon Heyman reports that the Atlanta Braves are considering signing Adeiny Hechavarría.
Hechavarría was DFA’d and then placed on waivers by the Mets. He cleared waivers because, as we noted last week, Hechavarría is owed a $1 million bonus if he appears one more day on a big league roster. Whatever team claims him would’ve had to pay that — plus what’s left of the $3 million he’s making under his deal with the Mets — if they had claimed him. Now that he’s a free agent, anyone can get him cheap.
The Braves could use some shortstop help given Dansby Swanson‘s long-term absence that, at the moment, seems like it will continue indefinitely. Hechavarría hasn’t hit at all this year, but neither has Swanson’s primary replacement, Johan Camargo. At least Hechavarría can pick it.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.