The Atlanta Braves are bringing back postseason hero Eddie Rosario on a two-year, $18 million deal with a club option for 2024, the team announced on Wednesday.
After being acquired from the Cleveland Guardians on July 30 last season, Rosario hit .271 in the regular season before playing a huge role in the Braves’ run to a first World Series title since 1995.
He appeared in each of Atlanta’s 16 postseason games, slashing .383/.456/.617 with seven extra-base hits. His finest performance came in the NLCS, where he slashed .560/.607/1.040 with three home runs and nine RBI to win series MVP honors.
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On top of that, his 11-game hit streak in the playoffs was tied for the third-longest such streak in franchise history.
Rosario will now compete for playing time in the outfield as his usual left-field spot is still taken by Adam Duvall, who was acquired mid-season last year to hit 16 of his 38 home runs in Atlanta alongside a league-leading 113 RBI.
The best bet, for now, is in center field considering Guillermo Heredia is listed as the current No. 1 option at the position. The issue is that Rosario has played just 58 of 768 career games in center, meaning Duvall could see some reps at DH to ensure Atlanta’s returning playoff hero gets enough at-bats.