Duvall and the Braves reached agreement on a one-year, $2.875 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Duvall did not play a major role in Atlanta following a late-July trade from Cincinnati, starting very infrequently and hitting just .132/.193/.151 in 57 plate appearances for his new team. He currently lines up as the Braves' primary left fielder, though the team could bring back Nick Markakis or sign another outfielder to move Duvall back to a bench role, which probably fits him best.
Duvall went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Cardinals. It was his 15th homer of the season but only his third in July, and Duvall is hitting just .203 (13-for-64) on the month. Power numbers aside it's been a rough season overall for the 29-year-old, but with Jesse Winker now dealing with a shoulder issue, Duvall could get consistent at-bats in a short term as he tries to shake off his malaise at the plate.
Duvall is out of the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Duvall will take a seat following three straight starts as Jesse Winker, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler man the outfield. Across 31 games since the beginning of June, Duvall is hitting .247 with a .707 OPS.
Duvall is not in the lineup against the White Sox on Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Duvall will get the day off while Jesse Winker draws a start in left field during the series opener. Over 83 games this year, Duvall is hitting .204/.289/.396 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
Duvall is not in the lineup against the Brewers on Friday. Duvall will take a seat following three straight starts, including an 0-for-4 showing with a pair of strikeouts during Thursday's series opener. With right-hander Chase Anderson on the mound, Jesse Winker will man left field and bat sixth.