Champion Braves signed Manny Piña to add depth to the catcher

Champion Braves signed Manny Piña to add depth to the catcher

Atlanta The world champion Atlanta Braves added depth to the catcher by signing Manny Peña to a two-year, $8 million contract on Monday.

Piña is the first player to apply for free agency after the World Championships to sign with a different club.

He will receive $3.5 million next season and $4.5 million in 2023. The contract also includes a $4 million club option for 2024 without a purchase.

The 34-year-old Peña had 13 career best runs in 75 games for Milwaukee this past season, his sixth with the Brewers.

He joins Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who has agreed a two-year, $16 million extension during the season that includes the club’s $8 million option for 2024.

D; Arnaud and Piña give the Braves two seasoned Hunters to hold the position while Supreme Inquisitor Shea Langeliers gets additional spice for the palace.

The Braves also have another young hunter, 23-year-old William Contreras, who got a chance to start in 2021 after Darno’s injury but failed to keep the job.

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Contreras struggled defensively as he hit 0.215 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games with Atlanta.

Signing Piña is just a side note of the Braves’ main focus in the Offseason: keeping first star Freddy Freeman.

Freeman made it clear that he wanted to stay in Atlanta, but the two sides failed to agree on a new long-term deal during the season. He applied for free agency after surprisingly racing the Braves in their first championship since 1995, alongside Posteason stars Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler.

Another potential free agent is Adam Duvall, who declined a mutual option for $7 million in 2022. Duvall is eligible to arbitrate unless the Braves decide not to offer him a contract, which will make him a free agent for the second consecutive season.

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Piña agreed to donate 1% of his earnings each year of his contract to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

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