Ehire Adrianza traded to the Braves

ATLANTA – Ehire Adrianza returns to Atlanta in hopes of once again helping the Braves win a World Series title.

The Braves acquired Adrianza from the Nationals in exchange for Trey Harris on Monday afternoon. Atlanta created a spot on the roster by nominating Robinson Canó for assignment.

Adrianza is just .179 with a .458 OPS in 94 plate appearances for nationals this year. But a change of scenery could help him get back to where he was last year, when he hit .247 with a .728 OPS for the Braves.

Adrianza is a hitter who can help fill the void left by second baseman Ozzie Albies for the next few weeks, and he can also play left field if needed. Albies could return from a fractured foot in early September; left field became a concern when Adam Duvall suffered a season-ending wrist injury on July 23.

“He played everywhere,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I love that he can do so many different things, and he’s just a consistent professional. He gets the job done.”

Canó went 4 for 26 and showed limited range at second base in nine games for the Braves. The 39-year-old veteran has played for the Mets, Padres and Braves this year.

Harris was named the Braves Minor League Player of the Year in 2019, but the 26-year-old outfielder has stagnated at the Double-A level for the past two years. He was ranked Atlanta’s 29th prospect by MLB Pipeline.

The brave get: INF Ehire Adrianza
Nationals get: Minor League OF Trey Harris (No. 29 Braves prospect)

During the 2021 regular season, Adrianza played in 109 games for Atlanta, hitting .247 (45 for 182) with nine doubles, five home runs and 28 RBIs.

Adrianza’s 16 hits as a pinch hitter last season were tied for the most in Major League Baseball. Overall, he hit .250 (16 for 64) in pinch situations with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Harris, 26, hit .238 (45 for 169) with two homers in 59 games with Double-A Mississippi. The outfielder was originally drafted by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Lance B. Holton