Sunday, March 13, 2022
Added by the Braves a little over a year ago to compete for one of the team’s bench spots, Ehire Adrianza not only provided depth, he also filled in admirably while star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was out with an injury. Playing seven different positions in Atlanta in 2021 (including DH), as a 31-year-old last season, Adrianza hit .247 with five homers and nine doubles in 109 games – good for a 94 wRC+ and a respectable 0.2 fWAR. Those 109 big league contests with the Bravos in 2021 was the second-most games Adrianza had ever played in as a major leaguer, bested only by his 114 games from back in 2018 with the Twins.
Fortunately for Adrianza, the switch-hitter turned a minor league contract from last season into a one-year major league deal on Sunday as it was reported that the Nationals signed him to a one-year, $1.5 million pact.
As MLB Trade Rumors reports, Adrianza joins a Washington club that already wields several journeymen, utility-type players, including: Cesar Hernandez and Alcides Escobar, as well as Dee Strange-Gordon.
Adrianza had a few memorable games as a Brave last season. One I remember the most was Atlanta’s 20-1 rout over Pittsburgh on May 21, which featured 20 hits for the Braves offense overall, not to mention two grand slams. One of those grand slams came from Acuna, however the other came off the bat of Adrianza when he pinch-hit in the eighth inning…
But of course, just a few weeks earlier, there was that crazy, 12-inning game versus the Phillies, in which the Braves scored four runs in its bottom-half of the 12th to beat Philly 8-7. Pablo Sandoval was the hero during regulation, slugging a two-run homer in the ninth to send the two teams to extra innings. But it was nonother than Adrianza himself who provided the walk-off knock, plating William Contreras with a game-winning single to right…
That game was intense for sure, and altogether it featured a 3 for 3 night for Adrianza, who finished with a run and that winning RBI. Plus, it went down as his best game of the season in terms of WPA added for the Braves.
We’ll miss the guy, but hopefully he has another productive major league season. I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty of Adrianza while with the Nats anyways.