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Braves designate Ender Inciarte for assignment

Inciarte’s six-year run with the Braves appears to be over.

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The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they reinstated outfielder Ender Inciarte from the injured list and designated him for assignment. Inciarte was placed on the COVID injury list earlier this week.

The Braves acquired Inciarte along with Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier in December of 2015. He was an All-Star in 2017 when he hit .304/.350/.409 and won the second of three straight Gold Glove Awards in center. He has been slowed by injuries in recent seasons and has seen a noticeable drop-off in performance. He has appeared in 52 games for the Braves in 2021 but has tallied just 89 plate appearances while hitting .215/.276/.315 with two home runs and a 61 wRC+.

The Braves will owe him the remainder of the $8.7 million salary for this season plus a $1 million buyout on a $9 million team option for 2022.

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