Braves Sign Yunesky Maya to Minor League Deal

Greg Fiume

Yunesky Maya has been brought in with a minor league deal and an invite to spring training.

As Frank Wren stated, much of the Braves focus this offseason will be on ancillary parts. With that in mind, Wren signed former National Yunesky Maya to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to Erique Rojas of ESPN.

Maya, who will pitch next year at age 32, started 24 games for the Nationals triple-A affiliate with a 3.87 ERA backed by a 3.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has shown some solid command in the minors, while he has been exactly a replacement level player in his 59 major league innings.

Do not expect much from Maya, but depth is a good thing and the Braves have had a knack for turning cast offs into useful players in the past. Whether they plan to use Maya as minor league depth or in the bullpen, potentially as a long reliever, is yet to be determined.

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