Alonso announced his retirement on his personal Instagram page Friday. Alonso called it quits after failing to earn any big-league playing time in 2020. He'll finish his decade-long career with exactly 100 homers, 28 of which came during his uncharacteristically strong 2017 campaign for the Athletics and Mariners. He also spent time in the big leagues with the Reds, Padres, Indians, White Sox and Rockies, grabbing 872 hits while slashing .259/.332/.404.
Alonso was acquired by the Padres from the Braves on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. The 33-year-old was previously with the Friars from 2012 to 2015 and will rejoin the club after failing to secure a role with the Braves in summer camp. Alonso was placed on the restricted list with Atlanta after failing to make the Opening Day roster, and he's now making his way back to San Diego. He appeared in 121 games between the Rockies and White Sox last year and had a .199/.296/.346 slash line and 10 homers in 335 plate appearances.
Alonso was placed on the restricted list Monday. The reason for the move is not entirely clear. Alonso was outrighted off the 40-man roster Thursday, but it seems as though he won't be part of the team's player pool at the Braves' alternate training site.
Alonso was outrighted off of Atlanta's roster Thursday. Matt Adams, who signed with the Braves earlier in the week, was added to the roster in a corresponding move. Alonso will look to latch on elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal after hitting just .199 with 10 home runs in 121 games last season.
Alonso's contract was selected by the Braves on Saturday. Alonso signed a minor-league contract with the Braves in February and didn't fare very well during spring training. However, he apparently impressed enough during summer camp to earn a spot on the major-league roster to open the season. While the 33-year-old might not have a role in the majors over the entire season, he could see some playing time early on if Freddie Freeman (illness) isn't ready for Opening Day.
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