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Angels trade David Fletcher and Max Stassi to Braves as part of a four-player deal

Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times on

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The Angels traded infielder David Fletcher and catcher Max Stassi to the Atlanta Braves for first baseman Evan White and right-handed reliever Tyler Thomas, both teams announced Friday.

Neither White nor Thomas has been added to the Angels' 40-man roster. Cash considerations were not part of the deal, the Angels announced.

White signed a six-year, $24 million deal with the Seattle Mariners at the end of 2019 and is still owed $15 million over the next two seasons. White, the first rookie first baseman to win a Gold Glove in 2020, was sent to the Braves in a deal between Atlanta and Seattle on Sunday. Thomas, who hasn't played in the majors, was picked up by the Braves during the Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday.

 

Fletcher's status with the Angels went into flux last season when the team sent him back to triple A and called up rookie shortstop Zach Neto. He was brought back briefly in the middle of the season and then finished the year with the big league team amid a rash of injuries impacting infield depth. Fletcher, born and raised in Orange County, has $15.5 million left on his five-year contract, which runs through 2025, with club options for 2026 and 2027.

Stassi did not play last season. He and his wife, Gabrielle, revealed in October their son was dealing with health issues after being born three months premature in April. Stassi, the Angels' primary catcher in 2022, was acquired from the Houston Astros in a deal at the 2019 trade deadline. He is still set to make $7.5 million next season.


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