Adeiny Hechavarría
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Infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, who the New York Mets released this week, has signed with the division rival-Atlanta Braves.

The Atlanta Braves have added depth to their infield, signing a recently-released New York Met.

On Friday, the New York Post reported that the Braves signed Adeiny Hechavarría. The Mets released the veteran infielder this week after signing now-former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik. The signing of Panik came after Robinson Canó hit the injured list with a torn hamstring.

Panik has played seven games thus far for the Mets, usually hitting in the eight-hole in the batting order. He’s come in as a pinch hitter in numerous games as well.

In 60 games for the Mets this year, Hechavarría totaled five home runs and 18 RBIs. He posted a slash line of .204/.252/.359 for them. Hechavarría played in his first game for the Braves on Friday, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

The Mets have hit a small slump after experiencing a run that established them as the hottest team in baseball. After winning 15 of 16 games at one point, they’ve lost four of their last five. They’ve found themselves back in fourth place in the National League East division, 9.0 games behind the first place-Braves.

Their only 2.0 games back in the NL Wild Card standings, however.

New York’s current three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City will finish out their road trip. They’ll then return to Citi Field on Tuesday, Aug. 20 to begin a nine-game homestand. This will include three separate three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, the Braves, and the Chicago Cubs.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.