CINCINNATI – While the Braves continued pursuing possible additions before Saturday’s non-waiver trade deadline, they made a small deal Friday that shed an outfielder from Triple-A Gwinnett’s roster.
Journeyman outfielder Mitch Jones was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. He’ll be assigned to their Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate.
Jones, 32, hit .250 with 18 homers, 45 RBIs and a .292 on-base percentage in 89 games. Braves general manager Frank Wren said the outfield had become crowded at Gwinnett.
The Braves were trying to add a proven hitter or relief pitcher before Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Payroll constraints and a reluctance to trade elite prospects presented obstacles.
“We are looking at different scenarios,” general manager Frank Wren said in an e-mail Friday. “[We] have had lots of conversations but there are limited players available at this time that fit our needs.”