Braves Sign Former Gold Glove Winner to Minor League Deal

Tyler Maher
The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their defense by signing a former Gold Glove winner.
The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their defense by signing a former Gold Glove winner. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

With Spring Training set to begin later this month, MLB teams are still tinkering with their rosters. Many are focused on signing players to minor-league deals with the intention of inviting them to camp.

The Atlanta Braves made one such move on Wednesday, inking former Gold Glover Yolmer Sanchez to a minor-league contract.

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Sanchez, 30, has spent most of his career with the Chicago White Sox. He debuted there in 2014 and remained with Chicago through the 2020 season, winning a Gold Glove for his work at second base during the 2019 season.

Sanchez showed some speed and skill with the bat as well during his time with the White Sox, leading the American League with 10 triples in 2018. He also smacked 34 doubles and stole 14 bases that year -- all career-highs.

Despite his success and defensive versatility, Sanchez has played sparingly over the past few years, appearing in just 28 MLB games since the beginning of 2020. He split time with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets last year, hitting .108/.214/.108 in 17 games.

This is actually the second time that Atlanta has signed Sanchez. He spent the 2021 season with the Braves organization but did not appear in any MLB games during their championship campaign, playing the entire year at Triple-A before Atlanta released him the following offseason.

Now that he's getting a second chance with the Braves, Sanchez will try to make the most of it.

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