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Angels trade Fletcher to Braves, Atlanta flips Stassi to White Sox

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The Los Angeles Angels traded infielder David Fletcher and catcher Max Stassi to the Atlanta Braves for first baseman Evan White and left-hander Tyler Thomas, the teams announced Friday.

The Braves then traded Stassi and cash considerations to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later, the clubs announced Saturday.

Fletcher's struggled over the last three seasons after posting an .801 OPS in 49 games during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The 29-year-old hit .247/.302/.326 with two home runs in 33 games last season while seeing time at shortstop, second base, and third base. He's owed $6 million in 2024 and $6.5 million in 2025. He has team options in both 2026 and 2027.

Stassi has 10 years of MLB experience. He missed all of last season due to a hip strain and a family medical issue, but Angels GM Perry Minasian said earlier in the offseason that Stassi is expected to play in 2024. Stassi hit .180/.267/.303 with nine home runs in 102 games in 2022. The 32-year-old is owed $7 million in 2024 with a $7.5-million team option in 2025.

White's time with the Braves was brief. The 27-year-old was acquired as part of the package that included Jarred Kelenic and Marco Gonzales, the latter of whom was already flipped to the Pittsburgh Pirates. White won a Gold Glove in 2020 but has struggled to hit and hasn't played in the majors since 2021. He signed a six-year contract in 2019 that guaranteed him $24 million before making his MLB debut. White's hit .165/.235/.308 with 10 home runs in 84 MLB games.

Thomas posted a 0.79 ERA, a 0.71 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings last season in Double-A. The 27-year-old was selected by the Braves from the New York Mets in the Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday.

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