The Braves have signed Pacheco to a minor-league deal, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Pacheco will head to Triple-A Gwinnett where he will look to get back on track after a lackluster start to the season with the Reds. Pacheco elected to test free agency on Wednesday after the Reds outrighted him. Pacheco will slot behind A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers in the backstop pecking order.
Pacheco refused outright and elected free agency Wednesday. With Pacheco suffering a shoulder injury after going just 8-for-51 with zero home runs, zero RBI and only one run scored in 31 games this season, the Reds decided to try and cut ties and outright him. However, Pacheco was able to refuse the outright and elect free agency, meaning he will be able to chose his next team, but his lack of offensive skills are an inherent limitation to his fantasy value.
Pacheco (shoulder) was placed on the DL Tuesday, retroactive to 6/3. The 30-year-old catcher hasn't played a major league game since June 1 due to right shoulder tendinitis and it is now clear that the injury is severe enough to send him to the DL. He had been struggling mightily the month prior, going 4-for-36 (.111) with 13 strikeouts since Apr. 21 so some time off to recover physically and mentally could be exactly what he needs to get his season back on track.
Pacheco is out of the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Dodgers. Pacheco was replaced by Eugenio Suarez Tuesday, who will start at third and bat sixth. Pacheco has been in a slump lately, not getting a hit in his last seven at-bats, over a time span of five games. His slashline in 2016 is a currently at a dismal .174/.174/.261.
Pacheco has eight hits, four of which were doubles, after 41 at-bats this season. With the struggling Reds 40 games into the 2016 campaign, Pacheco has yet to find his groove. He has struck out in 24.4 percent of his at-bats and is hitting .195, the lowest batting average of his career. While it's too soon to say Pacheco won't be able to recover from his slow start, his numbers have continued to fall as he is 3-for-19 in the month of May.