LThe Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs, in exchange for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball, as announced by both franchises this Thursday.
Joc Pederson, 29, hit 11 home runs and a .718 (OPS) in 73 games he played with the Chicago Cubs jersey, with whom he signed a one-year, $ 4.5 million contract. This deal included a $ 10 million mutual option and a $ 2.5 million buyout.
This change is announced just a few days after Ronald Acuna Jr, one of the stars of MLB and the Atlanta Braves, tear the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee last July 10.
The Braves start the second half of the season just four games behind first place, the New York Mets, in the National Conference, and with a playing average below .500. They have gone through an immense amount of injuries this first part of the year, Acuña is only last on the list.
For their part, the Chicago Cubs begin to subtract their third-place team essence, while half squad to become free agent at the end of this campaign.
Bryce Ball was a 24th round pick for the Braves in 2019, and has served .377 on-base percentage in two seasons with the minor leagues. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel describes Ball as a player with ‘high output speed’ but with some ‘contact problems’.
Pederson is expected don’t be the only one player to join Chicago before the MLB takeover cap, which ends July 30.