ATLANTA – Second baseman Jason Kipnis, a two-time All-Star, is one of 25 non-roster players invited by the Atlanta Braves to spring training.
The team announced the roster on Monday. Kipnis agreed to a minor league contract with Atlanta, after hitting .237 in 44 games with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, in 2020, following nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians.
Kipnis, 33, was an All-Star with Cleveland in 2013 and 2015. He has a career batting average of .260. In 2019, his final season with the Indians, he hit .245 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs.
The Braves reached minor league deals with veteran infielders Pablo Sandoval and Ehire Adrianza.
Adrianza, 31, would receive a one-year, $ 1.5 million contract if added to the Braves’ 40-man roster. Sandoval would receive a one-year, $ 1 million contract if he is added to the 40-man roster.
Another veteran, right-hander Carl Edwards Jr, has also been invited to spring training as an off-roster player.
The Braves’ first training session for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Thursday, as they begin their second full spring training at CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida.