Braves Sign Veteran Outfielder to Minor League Contract

The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Delino DeShields to a minor league contract.
The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Delino DeShields to a minor league contract. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves split their first two games of the season against the Cincinnati Reds and have decided to bring in some more outfield depth. Seven-year pro Delino DeShields has been signed to a minor league contract following his release by the Miami Marlins prior to Opening Day.

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DeShields failed to make the Marlins' active roster to start the season and was understandably cut loose. It didn't take long for the speedy ballplayer to find a new home, though. Of course, the Braves could use as much help as possible waiting for All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. to return from a knee injury.

The 29-year-old appeared in 25 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season, racking up 1 home run, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored and 2 stolen bases across 58 plate appearances. Overall, DeShields owns a career slash line of .246/.327/.342 and has stolen 111 bases. He has only been caught stealing 32 times.

DeShields will likely see a lot of playing time with Atlanta's Triple-A squad, the Gwinnett Stripers. It wouldn't be surprising to see him work his way back up to the majors as either a late inning defensive replacement or pinch runner. It's a plan manager Brian Snitker has been successful using in the past.

For now, the Braves will look to build a lead in the National League East division to start the 2022 season. Atlanta is also tied for the fourth-best odds to win the 2022 World Series set at +1200, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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