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Braves claim old friend Travis Demeritte off waivers from Tigers

Demeritte will be in the mix to join the Braves’ bench with a strong spring training.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have claimed Travis Demeritte off waivers from the Detroit Tigers, the club announced Friday afternoon. Atlanta released Jeremy Walker from the 40-man roster in order to make room for Demeritte.

Demeritte, 26, was traded from the Braves to the Tigers in July 2019 as part of the Shane Greene trade. Demeritte put up strong numbers in the minor leagues with the Braves from 2016-2019, although he struggled with big league pitching in Detroit to the tune of a .217/.284/.3323 batting line (-0.4 WAR) across 219 plate appearances.

Demeritte is capable of playing either corner outfield spot and will battle for one of the Braves’ bench spots during the next six weeks in spring training. He also has two minor league options remaining, meaning the Braves could stash him as depth in Gwinnett, if needed.

Walker, who made six appearances with the Braves in 2019 after a couple strong minor league seasons, dealt with a right shoulder injury throughout 2020 and landed on the extended injured list in June. Here’s hoping he gets his shoulder healthy and is able to resume his big league career at some point.

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