ATLANTA (NWN) — World Series champion Atlanta Braves added depth to the catcher on Monday by signing Manny Pina to a two-year, $8 million contract.
Pina is the first player to file for free agency after the World Series to sign with a different club.
He will earn $3.5 million next season and $4.5 million in 2023. The contract also includes a $4 million club option for 2024 with no buyout.
Pina, 34, scored a career-best 13 home runs in 75 games with Milwaukee last season, his sixth with the Brewers.
He joins starting Braves catcher Travis D’Arnaud, who during the season agreed to a two-year, $16 million extension, which includes an $8 million club option for 2024.
D; Arnaud and Pina give the Braves some experienced catchers to keep the position, while top prospect Shia Langeliers gets the minors extra seasoning.
The Braves also have another young catcher, 23-year-old William Contreras, who got a chance to start in 2021 after d’Arnaud was injured but failed to stop the job.
Contreras struggled defensively while batting. 215 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games with Atlanta.
Signing Pina is just a side note to the main focus of the Braves’ off-season: keeping star first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Freeman has made it clear he wants to stay at Atlanta, but the two sides failed to agree a new long-term deal during the season. He applied for free agency after a surprising run of bravery For their first championship since 1995, with the stars following the season Eddie Rosario and George Soler.
Another potential free agent is Adam Duvall, who turned down a mutual option for $7 million in 2022. Duvall is eligible for arbitration, unless the Braves decide not to award him a contract that would make him a free agent for the second straight offseason.
Pina agreed to donate 1% of her earnings to the Atlanta Braves Foundation in each year of her contract.
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