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Rays designate Jesús Aguilar for assignment

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On Wednesday, the Rays acquired 1B/OF Brian O'Grady from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster for O’Grady, the Rays designated 1B/DH Jesús Aguilar for assignment.

Aguilar, 29, was acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Jake Faria. Between both teams, Aguilar hit .236/.325/.389 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI over 369 trips to the plate. It was his worst offensive season since becoming a regular in 2017.

1B/DH types have certainly seen their value decline in recent years, so Aguilar may have to settle for a relatively cheap one-year contract — potentially as a part-time player — to rebuild his value.

O’Grady, 27, played in 28 games for the Reds last year as a rookie, posting a .720 OPS. With Triple-A Louisville, where he spent most of his season, he compiled a .909 OPS with 28 homers across 112 games.

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.