Kipnis signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Kipnis was cut loose by Atlanta a few days earlier, but he'll rejoin the organization prior to the start of the season and head to the minors as infield depth. Kipnis appeared in 44 big-league contests a season ago, slashing .237/.341/.404 with three homers and 16 RBI with the Cubs.
Kipnis was released by Atlanta on Saturday. Kipnis was unable to secure a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster after he hit .241 with one home run and three RBI in 12 spring games this year. He'll likely have to settle for a depth role if he's able to secure a spot on another roster in 2021.
Kipnis signed with Atlanta on Monday, the veteran announced on his personal Twitter page. The deal is a minor-league one which includes an invitation to big-league camp, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, though there's seemingly a strong chance Kipnis will be able to win a roster spot. The 33-year-old's star days are long behind him, but he had a solid season last year for his hometown Cubs, producing an above-average batting line (.237/.341/.404) for the first time since 2016. He's not someone a contender would want to turn to for everyday at-bats at this stage of his career, but he should be a capable backup and injury fill-in as long as he ages gracefully.
Kipnis is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the Wild Card Series on Friday against the Marlins. Kipnis went 0-for-2 with a walk during a Game 1 defeat and will take a seat for the second game. David Bote receives the start at the keystone for the Cubs.
Kipnis will sit for Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Marlins on Thursday. Kipnis hits the bench after going 0-for-2 with a walk in the series opener. David Bote takes over at second base.
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