One hundred thirty players hit the open market and became free agents on Friday, per the communications department of the MLB Players Association. Jesse Chavez and Kevin Pillar were the two Atlanta Braves to make the list.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) November 3, 2023
130 Players Become XX(B) Free Agents
One hundred thirty players were declared XX(B) free agents at the conclusion of the 2023 season. Additional players may become XX(B) free agents pending option decisions in their Uniform Player Contracts. @MLBPA pic.twitter.com/fuHws5EWHB
Chavez began his second stint with the Braves in 2022. In June of 2023, he was shut down after taking a line drive to the shin, so his playing time was limited. He did, however, toss 34.2 innings, striking out 39 and managing a 1.56 ERA.
Kevin Pillar appeared in 81 games with the Braves in 2023 and typically came up big off the bench. He manufactured a .228 batting average with nine home runs and 32 RBI. Defensively, he spent most of his time in left field, where he logged 64 games and had 75 putouts.
Both Chavez and Pillar were keys to the Braves’ 2023 success on the field as well as in the clubhouse.
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