Manny Piña was the Milwaukee Brewers’ longest-serving player – the keyword in that statement, however, is was.
Having been with the Brewers since 2015 when acquired via trading from the Detroit Tigers, Piña entered the 2021 season on a one-year contract worth $ 1.165 million, which made him a free agent this offseason. And it didn’t take Piña long to find a new home.
Manny Pina would join the Atlanta Braves after six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
According to Robert murray From FanSided, Piña will sign a two-year, $ 8 million contract with Atlanta that will come with a club option for a third year and an additional $ 4 million if exercised. Piña will receive $ 3.5 million in 2022 and $ 4.5 million in 2023, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
For several years now, Piña has served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ backup receiver and has been one of the best in baseball. During his stint with the Brewers, Piña would appear in 404 games and slash .245 / .315 / .414 with 42 home runs and an OPS + of 91 — the league average is 100.
Last season, Piña reportedly struggled at batting, scoring just 0.189 but posted a .732 OPS – just above his career average with the Brewers – behind 13 homers in his 180 batting appearances. However, the second half of the season was much more productive for Piña after a slow start to the year.
Where Piña had really made an impact and left his mark was behind the plate with his defensive ability. According to Fangraphs, Piña has been way above average by DRS and as a pitch framer he has a strong arm, not to mention he’s experienced and does a terrific job calling games behind the plate.
Piña was also a fan favorite and a huge clubhouse presence during his time in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers still have Omar Narvaez as their main starter, but with Piña now in Atlanta and Luke Maile choosing free agency, it looks like Mario Feliciano could be the team’s backup receiver in 2022.
Feliciano appeared in a big-league game in 2021 and was down 0.246 / .314 / .560 in 114 home plate appearances with Triple-A Nashville last season.
Also, don’t be surprised if we see David Stearns exploring other free agency options.