The Braves have released first baseman Mat Gamel, according to MLB.com. Gamel reportedly reinjured his right knee last week. Gamel has a history of knee injuries, including two ACL surgeries the past two seasons. It's unclear whether the injury is severe at this time. Gamel has hit .229/.305/.367 over 240 career at-bats in the majors.
The Braves have invited 22 non-roster players to participate in major-league spring training, highlighted by pitcher Jason Hursh and infielder Tommy La Stella, MLB.com reports. The Braves' other invitees include pitchers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Daniel Rodriguez, Gus Schlosser, Atahualpa Severino, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas; catchers Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez; outfielder Matt Lipka; and infielders Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Edward Salcedo. The Braves' first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, Hursh allowed two earned runs in 27 innings while striking out 15 and walking 10 at Class A Rome in his first season with the organization. La Stella, who could compete for a starting role at second base, hit .343/.422/.473 with four home runs, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases in 283 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi last season.
The Braves have signed corner infielder Mat Gamel to a minor-league deal, according to Sportsnet.ca. Gamel has not played since May 2012, as he has torn his ACL twice. He batted .229 with six homers and 29 RBI in 106 career games in the majors.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are considering free agent Mat Gamel as a potential starting third baseman. Gamel has not played since May 2012, as he has torn his ACL twice. The Cubs non-tendered Gamel last week after having claimed him off waivers from the Brewers earlier this fall.
The Cubs parted ways with three non-essential pieces Monday, as they elected not to tender contracts to pitchers Chang-Yong Lim and Daniel Bard, or infielder Mat Gamel. All three are now free agents.
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