• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    OF Zolio Almonte elects free agency

    Outfielder Zolio Almonte has elected free agency. Almonte was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett after failing to crack the Braves' Opening Day roster, but he has chosen instead to try his luck on the open market. He hit .245/.283/.265 in 49 spring at-bats.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Braves outright Zolio Almonte to Triple-A

    The Braves sent outfielder Zolio Almonte outright to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday after Almonte passed through waivers unclaimed, MLB.com reports. Almonte was in the mix to receive playing time in the outfield at the outset of the regular season but couldn't land a spot on the Opening Day roster this spring. He hit .245/.283/.265 in 49 at-bats while collecting just one extra-base hit, a double. Almote can elect free agency rather than report to Triple-A, as this isn't his first time being outrighted off the 40-man roster.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr. headline Braves' CF options

    The Braves have four candidates to replace the injured Melvin Upton Jr. in center field, the Atlanta Journal-Constition reports. Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham and Zoilo Almonte all have a chance to win the team's center field job this spring while Upton, who is expected to be sidelined until at least early May, recovers from a left foot injury. "You're kidding anybody if you don't see it as an opportunity," Young said Saturday. "It's an unfortunate situation. Melvin hopefully gets healthy soon and gets back to playing the game that he loves the way I know he can. But in the meantime, I came into camp with a bunch of gloves, ready for whatever situation or scenario they threw at me. And right now with my speed, we've got a void in center and I've got this opportunity and just got to go out there and make the most of it." Perez may be the early favorite as the only natural center fielder of the bunch, but Young is the only player of the quartet with significant major-league experience. Cunningham is a career minor-leaguer and Almonte has limited experience in center field. "I think the other three guys have played (center) more than Almonte, but we'll see," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We'll run them out there and watch. Even E.Y. Jr. has got, I think, 30-some games in center field in the big leagues. Perez is a natural center fielder. (Braves third-base coach) Bo (Porter) had him with the Nationals and he really likes him as a defender."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Report: Braves pursuing outfielder Jonny Gomes

    The Braves are still interested in signing veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes, reports MLB.com. If the Braves sign Gomes, he could platoon with Zoilo Almonte in left field. In 2014, Gomes hit .234 with six home runs and 37 RBI.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Braves sign outfielder Zolio Almonte to one-year deal

    The Braves announced Monday they signed outfielder Zolio Almonte to a one-year contract. Almonte has appeared in 47 games for the Yankees the last two seasons, batting .211 with two home runs and 12 RBI.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Zoilo Almonte sent outright to Triple-A

    The Yankees outrighted outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres Friday, just a few days after he was designated for assignment. Almonte had just five hits in 36 at-bats at the major-league level this season before he was sent down.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Yankees announce trio of moves for 40-man roster

    The Yankees made a few moves to clear up space on the 40-man roster Tuesday, in advance of a slew of other roster moves. Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, pushing his eligibility to return back another week. However, he is still not assured of a return before the end of the season, so this doesn't change much. Pitcher Matt Daley was released and outfielder Zoilo Almonte was designated for assignment in addition.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Yankees demote two to create room for trade acquisitions

    The Yankees have dispatched outfielder Zoilo Almonte and infielder Zelous Wheeler to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to make room on the roster for trade acquisitions Martin Prado and Stephen Drew. Almonte had only been up with the Yankees for three days. Wheeler was 8 for 30 in his short time with the big league club.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Yankees make minor roster moves

    The Yankees have promoted outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and designated for assignment veteran left-hander Jeff Francis. Almonte played for the Yankees in brief stints this season with four hits in 25 at-bats.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Yankees make a pair of moves Sunday

    The Yankees announced a pair of roster moves prior to Sunday's game against the Orioles. They have recalled reliever Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton and optioned outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mitchell posted a 4.84 ERA over 61 1/3 innings at Trenton.