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Braves sign Travis d’Arnaud to two-year, $16 million contract


The Braves announced on Sunday that the club inked free agent catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million contract. He will share time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers.

d’Arnaud, 30, started the 2019 season with the Mets but was released in early May. He then signed with the Dodgers and played in just one game before the Rays purchased his contract from the Dodgers.

Between all three teams, d’Arnaud combined to bat .251/.312/.433 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI across 391 plate appearances. It was his best offensive output since 2015.

d’Arnaud is the Braves’ fourth free agent signing with the offseason not even a month old. The club also signed relievers Will Smith, Chris Martin, and Darren O'Day.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.


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