Lalli signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Lalli elected free agency earlier this month after being designated for assignment by Atlanta, but he opted to wind up back in their organization rather than fully test the market. Lalli will likely head back into an organizational depth role for the rebuilding franchise.
Lalli's contract was selected by the Braves on Sunday. Lalli's performance at Triple-A Gwinnett wasn't very impressive this year as he posted a .256/.301/.328 line. However, with A.J. Pierzynski landing on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Lalli is headed up to the majors to add depth at catcher for the Braves.
Lalli was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday. Lalli was in big league camp as a non-roster invitee, but he was a long shot to make the Braves' roster with AJ Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers already entrenched as the catchers for the major league club. Lalli will head to the minors to act as organizational depth behind the plate, but could be back with Atlanta if either of the major league catchers gets injured.
Lalli signed a minor league contract with the Braves last week, Baseball America reports. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Lalli will attend major league camp for spring training as a non-roster invitee, but the team intends to pair him with Ryan Lavarnway at Triple-A Gwinnett to start the season. The 32-year-old Lalli has made 40 plate appearances at the highest level, the last of which came back in 2013.
The Diamondbacks have optioned pitchers Vidal Nuno and Robbie Ray to Triple-A Reno as well as Enrique Burgos to Double-A Mobile, the team announced Saturday. Arizona also reassigned Blake Lalli to their minor league camp. Nuno and Ray were competing for roles in the bullpen. Nuno was also scratched from his scheduled start Saturday. He posted a 8.10 ERA with eight strikeouts in four appearances this spring. Ray posted a 6.35 ERA with 16 strikeouts and nine walks in six appearances.