LaMarre agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. LaMarre began last season with the Twins, but finished the season with the White Sox after being designated for assignment and subsequently claimed during the summer. Between the two teams, he slashed .279/.322/.382 with two home runs and 18 RBI across 180 plate appearances. The 29-year-old has enjoyed little major-league success outside of that sample, however, so he figures to be more of an organizational depth piece for the Braves as things stand now.
LaMarre was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Senior vice president and general manager Rick Hahn didn't rule out LaMarre's return to the organization but stated that Friday's moves -- the team also outrighted Danny Farquhar (head) and Rob Scahill -- provided the club with flexibility for the offseason. In 76 games split between Chicago and Minnesota this year, LaMarre slashed .279/.322/.382 with a pair of home runs and 18 RBI.
LaMarre went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in Friday's win over the Cubs. LaMarre plated a run in the fourth on an RBI double, followed by an RBI single in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give the White Sox a comfortable 10-1 lead. He's slashing .286/.330/.391 with two home runs and 18 RBI through 73 games this season with a little over a week remaining in the regular season.
LaMarre went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Tigers. LaMarre made his third start in four games as manager Rick Renteria is fond of getting those righty-lefty matchups. In this case, the right-handed-hitting LaMarre started in left field against the left-handed Francisco Liriano. With Avisail Garcia (knee) and Leury Garcia (hamstring) sidelined, Renteria has been juggling bodies in and out of the corner outfield spots. Against lefties, he can deploy LaMarre and Ryan Cordell; for right-handers, he has Nicky Delmonico and Daniel Palka.
LaMarre left Sunday's game against the Red Sox due to right hip soreness, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. LaMarre went 1-for-4 prior to being replaced by Nicky Delmonico later in the game. LaMarre will be considered day-to-day moving forward. The White Sox are slated to begin a three-game series with the Tigers on Monday.