Atlanta Braves Acquire Infielder Ryan Schimpf (Giuseppe)

Infielder Ryan Schimpf was traded for the second time this offseason on Monday after the Tampa Bay Rays shipped Schimpf off to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Ryan Schimpf has hit 195/.317/.492 in parts of his last 2-years in the Major Leagues and has also put up 34 home runs, a .492 slugging percentage, a .317 on-base percentage in 527 plate appearances. He has also posted a 115 OPS+ in his MLB career (100 is league average). In 2017, Schimpf hit .158 with 14 homers and 25 RBIs in 53 games.

Ryan Schimpf was designated for assignment on Saturday by the Tampa Bay Rays in order to clear up space on their 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez, who signed a $4 Million, 1-year contract with Tampa. Just two days later, Schimpf was traded to the rebuilding Atlanta Braves.

Schimpf was moved by the San Diego Padres shortly after they acquired Chase Headley, and the Tampa Bay Rays, despite the fact that the loss of Evan Longoria opens an infield spot, decided that Schimpf did not quite fit into their plans. Assuming that he is not playing in the Braves Minor League system by the time the 2018 season comes around, Schimpf will likely fare well in Atlanta’s hitter-friendly park.

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