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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Chicago Cubs trade Joc Pederson to Atlanta Braves for 1B prospect Bryce Ball

The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball, the teams announced on Thursday.

Pederson, 29, had 11 home runs and a .718 OPS in 73 games for the Cubs after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal that included a $10 million mutual option and $2.5 million buyout. The deal comes just days after Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. tore the ACL in his right knee.

Atlanta begins the second half of the season four games behind the first-place New York Mets in the National League East and a game under .500. They’ve dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries throughout the first half—Acuna is just the latest.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are beginning to subtract from their third-place team in an attempt to retool, as half their roster is set to become free agents after this season.

Ball was a 24th-round pick for the Braves in 2019 and has compiled a .377 on-base percentage over two seasons in the minors. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel describes Ball as a player with “huge exit velocities” but with some “contact problems.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2021 at 10:04 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Joc Pederson, Cubs agree on deal

The Cubs have agreed to a deal with outfielder Joc Pederson, pending a physical, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club hasn’t confirmed the agreement.

Pederson, 28, spent the past seven seasons with the Dodgers, posting a .230/.336/.470 slash line with a 116 OPS+ and 130 homers in 748 games.

Pederson struggled during the 2020 regular season, slashing .190/.285/.397 (84 OPS+) with seven homers in 43 games. He rebounded to hit .382 with two homers, eight RBIs and a .991 OPS in the playoffs, helping the Dodgers win the World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2021 at 09:32 AM | 28 comment(s)
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