Braves avoid arbitration with Orlando Arcia, sign outfielder to two-year deal

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

-Clint Manry

One of Triple-A Gwinnett’s top hitters in 2021 is staying in the organization as on Tuesday the Braves gave shortstop Orlando Arcia a two-year, $3 million contract, avoiding arbitration and locking up some solid depth for the major league team.

Coming over from Milwaukee back in April, in a trade that sent both pitchers Patrick Weigel and Chad Sobotka to the Brewers, Arcia had a huge year in the minors in 2021, finishing the campaign with a .282 AVG, 17 homers and 37 RBI in 74 games – good for a 129 wRC+. He didn’t perform quite as well while in the majors this past season (.198 AVG / 48 wRC+), playing in 36 games with the Braves, but he provided much-needed depth in the outfield nonetheless.

Per the above contract, Arcia will earn $1.6 million in 2022 and $1.3 million in 2023. The deal also features a $2-million club option for the 2024 season, which comes with a $100,000 buyout.

I have to say this deal is pretty surprising, but Arcia is a solid glove that can give the Braves depth at several positions. He’s also not too far removed from a pretty decent performance back in 2020, when he posted a 95 wRC+ in 59 games with the Brewers, so there’s always the chance his bat heats up in the majors again.

Along with the news regarding Arcia, the Braves also nontendered several players yesterday as they came up against the tender deadline. Atlanta declined to offer contracts to Johan Camargo, Richard Rodriguez, and they removed Jasseel De La Cruz from the 40-man.

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