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Braves sign Pablo Sandoval to a minor league deal

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National League Championship Series Game 1: Atlanta Braves v. Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Sunday afternoon that the Braves have signed third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a minor league contract worth $1 million if he makes the major league team.

It is unlikely that Sandoval would actually spend time in the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the active roster out of spring training, but the designation as a minor league contract means that he doesn’t require a 40-man roster spot at the moment. This is useful for Atlanta since the 40-man roster is currently full after two waiver claims late Friday night.

Sandoval spent the end of the 2020 season with Atlanta, and took a few plate appearances in the playoffs as well. He will come into the 2021 spring training and compete for a spot on the active roster. He is probably no more than a bench piece at this point in his career, if he even makes the active roster, but Sandoval is clearly someone the Braves organization likes having around.