Almonte cleared waivers and elected free agency Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Almonte was cast off Atlanta's 40-man roster last week, and he'll become a free agent rather than reporting to Triple-A Gwinnett. The 32-year-old saw consistent playing time in June but slashed just .218/.333/.401 with five homers, 20 runs, 19 RBI and a stolen base across 63 major-league appearances this year.
Almonte was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Friday.
The 32-year-old has been on the big-league roster since having his contract selected at the end of May, but he lost his spot Friday with Eddie Rosario (abdomen) activated from the injured list. Almonte has a .216/.331/.399 slash line with five home runs, 12 doubles, 19 RBI and 20 runs in 175 plate appearances this season. Guillermo Heredia will serve as outfield depth for Atlanta.
Almonte is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Almonte will sit for the third game in a row, and his path to a spot in the everyday lineup is now blocked after Atlanta picked up a pair of established corner outfielders in Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler ahead of Friday's trade deadline. Even in NL-only leagues, Almonte doesn't look to be worthy of a roster spot while all of Duvall, Soler, Joc Pederson and Guillermo Heredia are healthy and available.
Almonte went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Mets.
The veteran outfielder has been coming up big for Atlanta, going 8-for-24 (.333) over the last seven games with three of his five homers on the year. Almonte's .681 career OPS suggests he won't maintain that pace for long however, and the team could still bring in outfield reinforcements at the trade deadline Friday.
Almonte went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 12-5 win over the Mets.
He took Jerad Eickhoff deep in the third inning, giving Atlanta a 6-0 lead with his fourth homer of the year. Almonte has started five of the last six games, but he's been feast or famine -- he's produced a multi-hit, multi-RBI effort with a home run in two of them and gone 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in the other three.
Almonte is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mets.
Orlando Arcia will get the nod in left field over Almonte, who went 3-for-12 while starting each of the past three games at the position. Almonte looks to have the playing-time edge over Arcia for the time being, but it wouldn't be surprising if Atlanta looked outside the organization for an upgrade in left field ahead of Friday's trade deadline.
Almonte went 3-for-5 with a home run and two additional RBI in Saturday's win over Philadelphia.
Almonte's playing time has been dramatically reduced of late, but he took advantage of his opportunity Sunday to deliver his second multi-hit game of the month and his first homer since July 7 as well. Almonte is hitting .250 with a .743 OPS, two homers, nine RBI and five runs scored across 41 plate appearances this month.
Almonte will start in left field and bat sixth Sunday against the Phillies.
Atlanta appears to have pulled the plug on Orlando Arcia as its everyday left fielder and reinstalled Almonte atop the depth chart. After going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 15-3 rout, Almonte will draw his third consecutive start Sunday while Arcia remains on the bench.
Almonte is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
The July 4 promotion of Orlando Arcia from Triple-A Gwinnett appears to have closed the door on Almonte's run as a regular in the Atlanta lineup. Since Arcia's call-up, Almonte has been on the bench eight times in 10 games, while the former has seized an everyday role in left field. The season-ending ACL tear Ronald Acuna suffered prior to the All-Star break briefly appeared to have created a new window of opportunity for Almonte, but that quickly vanished when Atlanta acquired Joc Pederson.
Almonte went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 14-3 win over the Pirates.
The 32-year-old posted quite an impressive stat line, considering he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. Almonte hit a two-run single in his first at-bat before launching a two-run homer in the eighth. The long ball was just his second of the season and his first since June 5. Orlando Arcia's call-up figures to reduce Almonte's playing time to some extent, but he proved Wednesday he can be a very impactful bench player.
Almonte remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Almonte will be out of the lineup for a third straight game, so it appears he's no longer serving as the Braves' primary left fielder. Orlando Arcia will start in left field once again and bat seventh.
Almonte isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.
Almonte went 1-for-1 with a double and two RBI as a pinch hitter Sunday, but he'll remain out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Orlando Arcia will draw a second straight start in left field and bat seventh.
Almonte is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
Orlando Arcia was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett and will immediately enter the lineup in left field for Atlanta. Almonte had a hot start after having his contract selected at the end of May, but he's 6-for-41 with a .495 OPS in his past 15 games and is in danger of losing playing time if Arcia performs well.
Almonte went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 20-2 win over the Mets.
Almonte misplayed a Kevin Pillar flyball in the first inning that ultimately fell in for a double, and Pete Alonso took Max Fried deep two batters later to stake the Mets to a 2-0 lead. Atlanta quickly dug itself out of the early hole and then some, with Almonte reaching base three times in the team's most lopsided win of the season. The big day at the dish was a welcome sight for Almonte, who had fallen into an 0-for-19 rut over the prior seven contests.
Almonte isn't starting Saturday's game against the Reds.
Almonte will get his first day off since June 5 after he went 0-for-12 with a run, four walks and five strikeouts across the last four games. Guillermo Heredia will shift to left field while Ender Inciarte takes over in center.
Almonte went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals.
The 32-year-old doubled off John Gant, scoring Ozzie Albies to add another run in the fourth inning. Almonte has recently earned everyday playing time with a .300/.463/.550 slash line in 54 plate appearances. He has one home run, five RBI and eight runs since making his debut for Atlanta on May 31.
Almonte will start in left field and bat sixth Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Almonte sticks in the lineup for the third game in a row, with all of his starts coming against right-handed pitchers. The 31-year-old journeyman went 3-for-6 with a double, two runs and an RBI between the past two contests, and at this point, he may have unseated Ehire Adrianza as Atlanta's primary option in left field.
Almonte hit a solo home run in his only at-bat in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.
The outfielder pinch hit for pitcher Tyler Matzek in the seventh inning. Almonte hit a short homer to right field, his first long ball in 13 plate appearances this year. The 31-year-old is unlikely to be much more than a depth option in 2021, but his two hits this season are a homer and a double.
Almonte isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
Almonte will be out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game, but he's appeared off the bench in each of the last three contests. Ehire Adrianza will draw his fourth straight start in left field and appears to have taken over as the primary option at the position.
Almonte is not in the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.
The 31-year-old started Atlanta's first two games after having his contract selected Monday, but Ehire Adrianza is now receiving his third straight start in left field. Almonte is 1-for-7 with a double, three walks and a run through four games, and he'll likely continue splitting time in left with Adrianza in the absence of Marcell Ozuna (fingers).
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