Braves acquire C Kevan Smith from Rays, DFA C Jeff Mathis


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Kevan Smith from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on Wednesday and designated catcher Jeff Mathis for assignment.

Smith, 32, was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday. He was 1 for 4 in only three games with the Rays this season.

Smith has a .271 career batting average in six seasons with the Chicago White Sox, the Angels and the Rays.

Mathis, 38, was 0 for 9 with five strikeouts in three games with Atlanta.

The Braves also optioned left-hander Tucker Davidson to Triple-A Gwinnett and activated left-hander Grant Dayton from the 10-day injured list. Davidson allowed three runs in six innings against the New York Mets on Tuesday night in his 2021 debut

Dayton will be active for Wednesday night’s game against the Mets after recovering from a thigh inflammation.

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