The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Braves claimed 30 year old outfielder Guillermo Heredia off waivers from the New York Mets.
Braves claim outfielder Guillermo Heredia off waivers from Mets, source tells @TheAthletic. Had been designated for assignment on Sunday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 24, 2021
This transaction continues a string of moves in recent days to bolster a bench that was considered to be a weak point on the roster. Heredia is a fairly known commodity at this point and he can likely be expected to be solidly below-average but non-disastrous on offense. Statcast metrics like Outs Above Average and Outfield Jump have Heredia rated as a good defender. He has played in all three outfield spots, while spending the most time in center field. Heredia could conceivably make the active roster as a depth piece.
The team has yet to announce the move and they will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster with a corresponding move.
UPDATE - The Braves have officially announced the move and have designated infielder Jack Mayfield for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.