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Braves acquire OF Joc Pederson in trade with Cubs

Chicago Cubs' Joc Pederson hits an RBI double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron...
Chicago Cubs' Joc Pederson hits an RBI double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Chicago. Sergio Alcantara scored on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(Charles Rex Arbogast | AP)
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 8:25 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (AP) - The Atlanta Braves acquired Joc Pederson in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, bolstering their outfield after losing Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.

Atlanta sent minor league first baseman Bryce Ball to Chicago for Pederson, who is batting .230 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games. The 29-year-old Pederson spent his first seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing with the Cubs in free agency in February.

The Braves are looking to return to the playoffs, but their pursuit of a fourth straight NL East title took a hit when Acuña tore the ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Miami.

Atlanta hit the All-Star break in third in the division, four games back of the first-place New York Mets.

Pederson could be in the lineup when the Braves return to the field Friday night against Tampa Bay.

Atlanta assumes the $1,935,484 remaining of Pederson’s $4.5 million salary. The deal includes a $10 million mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout and allows Pederson to earn $125,000 each for 500, 525, 550 and 575 plate appearances.

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