The Braves have reached a one-year deal with utility man Johan Camargo for 2021 at $1.36 million, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.
According to David O’Brien of The Athletic, the contract money is not guaranteed.
Camargo's $1.36 million deal with #Braves is not guaranteed. While some arb players are expected to sign for below-arb projections in exchange for guaranteed deals, Braves aren't doing that. This is a regular arbitration-eligible player contract, i.e. it's not guaranteed.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) December 2, 2020
Camargo, who was at risk of being non-tendered before tonight’s deadline (8 p.m. ET), was projected to earn in the neighborhood of $2 million by most estimates. As we are seeing around the league given the current financial situation, some players are opting to sign for less guaranteed money for 2021 than risk hitting the open market.
Camargo has not performed well since experiencing a bit of a breakout season in 2018. He seldom played after the first few weeks of the shortened 2020 season, losing at bats to Austin Riley at third base. And in 2019 he struggled to the tune of a 67 wRC+ and -0.7 WAR across 98 games after being asked to become a utility player following the addition of Josh Donaldson.
For the minimal cost, it seems worthwhile to keep the versatile Camargo around. He has minor league options remaining, too, if there is no room for him on the big league roster at some point. Here’s hoping he can reclaim some of that 2018 magic and be a contributing player next season.