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Kevan Smith Elects Free Agency

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Catcher Kevan Smith has elected free agency after clearing outright waivers, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. The Braves designated Smith for assignment on Wednesday.

Smith signed a minor league deal with the Rays over the offseason. He was selected to Tampa Bay’s big league roster in early May and traded to the Braves less than two weeks later. The right-handed hitting Smith logged fairly decent playing time in Atlanta with Travis d’Arnaud on the injured list, but he hit just .165/.248/.198 over 101 plate appearances. That’s a far cry from Smith’s generally decent work at the dish, as the 33-year-old carried a career .272/.321/.384 line into the 2021 campaign.

That track record seems likely to garner Smith some minor league opportunities from clubs looking to bolster their catching depth. Should he latch on elsewhere before August 31, Smith would be eligible to be added to his signing team’s postseason roster.
 
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