Braves claim Joe Mather
By Bill Shanks
November 3, 2010
The Braves have added the first new player of the offseason, claiming outfielder/first baseman Joe Mather off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 28-year-old Mather played in 36 games for St. Louis last season and hit .217 (13-60) with three RBI. Last season Mather mainly played in Triple-A Memphis and hit .275 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI.
Two years ago Mather made his big league debut in St. Louis and had eight home runs in 133 at bats.
With lefty-hitting Freddie Freeman taking over first base next season, the Braves are going to have several options in spring training as potential backups to Freeman. Mather is a right-handed hitter that can play first base, third base, and all three outfield positions.
The Cardinals selected Mather in the third round of the 2001 amateur draft.