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|Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 03:12 am||
|The Atlanta Braves have cut ties with their two highest-paid players in the span of a week.
Nick Swisher and the remaining $15 million on his contract were released Monday, and the club announced Saturday they've designated outfielder Michael Bourn and utility man Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.
"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Gonzalez told reporters of cutting Bourn. "You all know how we feel about [Bourn] in this organization and what he brings. It was really tough. There were a lot of hours meeting yesterday and a lot of hours talking back and forth."
Both Swisher and Bourn were acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in August in exchange for Chris Johnson.
An All-Star in 2012, Bourn slashed .238/.310/.282 with 15 doubles, 17 stolen bases, and 107 strikeouts across 141 games last season. He's set to earn $14 million this year, though $5 million is covered by the Indians.
Bourn was in competition for the club's fourth outfield spot, but struggled this spring. In 50 at-bats, he hit .240/.296/.320 with 12 strikeouts.
Bonifacio agreed to a one-year, $1.25-million deal in December. He hit .255/.321/.442 in 23 games this spring, but fell behind reserve infielders Gordon Beckham and Kelly Johnson on the depth chart.
The Braves also announced they selected the contracts of outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-hander Alexi Ogando.