The Braves and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera have agreed to a minor-league contract, Jon Heyman on FanRag Sports reports. Carrera will be in big league camp and will have a chance to crack the Opening Day roster.
The Braves signed OF Ezequiel Carrera to a Minor League deal. He'll be in big league camp and will compete for a roster spot. Hit .282/.356/.408 w/ 8 HRs in 325 PA with Toronto last year.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 13, 2018
Carrera, 30, was released by the Blue Jays over the weekend before quickly finding a new home, unlike many others still lingering on the open market.
Despite being let go by the Blue Jays, Carrera saw offensive improvements across the board in 2017, though he continues to lack a power bat. Carrera slugged just .408 last season, which was still an improvement from his .356 mark in 2016. He also finished the 2017 season with a .282 batting average and a .764 OPS, while hitting eight home runs over 131 games.
Should Carrera make the Braves’ major league roster, he would be playing for the fifth big league club of his career. After starting with the Indians in 2011, Carrera bounced around from the Phillies to the Tigers, and eventually the Blue Jays.
The Braves’ outfield is currently occupied by Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte and Lane Adams, with Preston Tucker slotted as the fourth outfielder.