Though the trade was made known during the early morning hours of the day, the Braves have officially made room on the roster for their new catcher.
C Stephen Vogt is active for tonight’s game. The #Braves today also designated C Jonathan Lucroy for assignment.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 17, 2021
As was mentioned at the time of the trade, the Braves made the move for Stephen Vogt because the cost was reasonable and he certainly seems to be a better option than what the Braves have relied upon since the loss of Travis d’Arnaud. It would seem logical that once d’Arnaud is able to return to action, hopefully in August, Vogt would then be a viable backup and left-handed hitting option off the bench.
Until d’Arnaud returns, it will be interesting to see if the Braves work a platoon with Vogt against right-handers and Kevan Smith against southpaws. However, though the Braves starting rotation has improved since Smith earned somewhat regular playing time, his offensive output has been abysmal. In whatever fashion it may occur, Vogt should receive the majority of the playing time moving forward.
As for Lucroy, he produced a .700 OPS in nine plate appearances for Atlanta. It will be interesting to see where he winds up, if anywhere, for the rest of the season.