Over the winter, the Braves signed Pina to a two-year, $8 million deal with a club option. Catcher was a turnstile for the Braves last season when starter Travis d’Arnaud was out injured for months. The team signed Pina to secure a steady backup.
“We got him for a reason, having an experienced catcher like that,” Snitker said when asked if losing Pina was a big blow. “We’re fortunate to have William (Contreras), and (Chadwick) Tromp is down in Triple-A who has major-league experience. As we saw last year, we went through I think eight catchers. You can never have too many of those guys.”