Inciarte signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday. Inciarte was released by Atlanta on July 29 after he hit .215 across 52 big-league games to begin the season, and he'll now report to Triple-A Louisville. It isn't encouraging that the 29-year-old was unable to maintain a spot on Atlanta's active roster that had already lost Ronald Acuna (knee) and Marcell Ozuna (not injury related), but he's a strong candidate to join the Reds' major-league roster if injuries occur in their outfield.
Inciarte was released by Atlanta on Thursday. Inciarte was designated for assignment Saturday, and he'll now become a free agent after he went unclaimed on waivers. The 30-year-old slashed .215/.276/.316 with two homers, 11 runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base in 52 games this season.
Inciarte was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Saturday and designated for assignment. Inciarte is in the final year of a five-year, $30.5 million contract, but Atlanta will have to pay him the remainder of this year's $8 million salary whether or not he's part of the roster. The team evidently decided they'd rather pay him to not play than keep him around. It's hard to argue with that decision considering that his .592 OPS in limited action this season isn't much better than his .512 mark from last year, though it's notable that the 30-year-old isn't deemed worthy of a roster spot even on a squad that's already lost fellow outfielders Ronald Acuna (knee) and Marcell Ozuna (not injury related). That seemingly doesn't bode well for Inciarte's ability to find a spot on an active roster elsewhere.
Atlanta confirmed that Inciarte was placed on the injured list Monday due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Inciarte has been testing negative for the virus, so his deactivation may have been the result of him being a close contact of an infected person or persons. Assuming Inciarte remains negative in his subsequent testing, he could rejoin Atlanta before the end of the week.
Atlanta placed Inciarte on the injured list Monday. Atlanta didn't provide an injury designation for Inciarte, so his deactivation could be related to COVID-19 protocols. Regardless, Inciarte's absence shouldn't prove costly, given that Atlanta has Abraham Almonte and Ehire Adrianza to provide depth in the outfield behind regular starters Joc Pederson, Guillermo Heredia and Orlando Arcia. Inciarte hasn't started since June 26 and has only nine plate appearances off the bench since that time.
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