Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Atlanta Agrees to Terms with Infielder/outfielder Omar Infante

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with right-handed hitter Omar Infante on a two-year contract for the 2009 and 2010 seasons that also includes a club option for the 2011 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. He was due to become a free agent after the 2009 season.

Infante, 27, joined the Braves in a December 2007 trade with the Chicago Cubs. He hit .293 with 24 doubles, three home runs and 40 runs batted in during the 2008 season and led all Atlanta regulars with a .341 batting average with runners in scoring position. He hit .300 over his final 54 games after July 23. Infante appeared in 96 games, the most since appearing in 121 in 2005.

The versatile Infante started 77 games at five different positions last season including third base (26), left field (26), shortstop (15), second base (9) and center field (1). He also hit in seven different spots in the batting order.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Infante has appeared in 590 career major league games in parts of seven Major League seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Braves. He was traded from the Tigers to the Cubs after the 2007 season, but was traded to Atlanta before playing for the Cubs. He owns a .260 career batting average with 35 home runs and 194 RBIs. He has played 245 career games at second base, 196 at shortstop, 64 in the outfield and 62 at third base.

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