Saturday, July 17, 2021
The Braves made another trade, this time for a veteran catcher, 36-year-old Stephen Vogt.
Vogt is in his ninth major league season and is a career .247 hitter. Behind the plate he has been right around average this season and has posted an above-average 33% caught-stealing rate. With just a .212 AVG / .693 OPS (88 wRC+) and five home runs in 52 games in 2021, Vogt isn’t much of a threat with the bat, though earlier in his career he was good for 15-20 homers and a .250-260 AVG. It would be great if somehow the Braves were able to get THAT version of Vogt, at least until Travis d’Arnaud returns from the injured list.
Regardless of how productive Vogt is, though, his veteran leadership behind the plate comes at a very affordable price for Atlanta. Vogt is currently playing on a one-year, $3.5-million deal and will be a free agent next offseason. Hopefully he catches fire and has a nice stretch over these last few months.
The player the Braves are sending to Arizona is 25-year-old Mason Berne, who Atlanta drafted in the 33rd round back in 2018 out of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
As shown by his age and the level he was playing at in the Braves system, Berne wasn’t much of a prospect, although he was having a solid year with the team’s Florida Coast team and posted an outstanding season with both the FCL Braves and Danville rookie clubs back in 2019. Berne sports a career .231 AVG and .659 OPS with five homers and 15 XBH in 251 overall PA (or 75 games). Perhaps Berne is of some interest as a minor league depth first baseman for Arizona’s farm system. He’s a decent flyer nonetheless.
Hopefully there are more headline-worthy moves to come for the Braves.