Braves Bring Back A World Champion Utilityman

He was a top reserve as a utilityman during the Atlanta Braves' 2021 run to the World Series title. Things didn't quite pan out as well in 2022 for Ehire Adrianza after signing a free agent deal with the Washington Nationals. He was dealt back to Atlanta at the trade deadline, and now the Braves are re-upping with him for 2023.

It's another minor league deal for the 33-year-old, with a non-roster invite to spring training. The Braves are hoping he can recapture his 2021 magic, when he played every position on the field except catcher and first base, and contributed a .728 OPS and a key hit in the NLCS. 

This will be his 11th year in the majors, having spent four seasons each with the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins before coming to Atlanta on a minor league deal in '21. 

In 2022, Adrianza missed nearly half the season with various stints to the injured list, and managed to muster up only 97 at-bats, never getting his rhythm and finished with a .175 average and .470 OPS. 

Perhaps a fresh start in a familiar place can re-ignite the utilityman. 

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