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Braves release Matt Adams

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It was a worthwhile shot in the dark, but it just didn’t pan out.

Toronto Blue Jays v Atlanta Braves Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Braves have released Matt Adams from the organization, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Adams was most recently with the Braves’ satellite site in Gwinnett.

Adams was hastily signed in the week before the season began upon the sudden opt-out of Nick Markakis. While a productive offensive player for a majority of his career, Adams’ production began to decline in 2019 and he was downright unplayable in this shortened 2020 season, batting just .184/.216/.347 with a 44 wRC+ and 35 percent strikeout rate across 51 plate appearances. He was worth -0.5 WAR, an astounding number considering how infrequently he played. One would assume Adams is nearing the end of his big league career.

The Braves will begin a four-game home stand with the struggling Washington Nationals on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader. Ronald Acuna Jr. is expected back in the lineup after missing three games in Boston with a sore hamstring. Josh Tomlin and Tommy Milone will be the two Braves starters as they look to extend their four-game winning streak.