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Atlanta Braves acquire Joc Pederson from Chicago Cubs

Jul 2, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Joc Pederson (24) walks from the plate after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 2, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Joc Pederson (24) walks from the plate after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in exchange for a minor league prospect.

The Cubs will begin the second half Friday with a 44-46 record, eight games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee. The Braves are 44-45 and four games behind NL East-leading New York. The Braves are 7.0 back and the Cubs are 7.5 back in the wild-card chase.

The Braves sent the Cubs 23-year-old first baseman Bryce Ball, who has six home runs in 53 games for Single-A Rome. The Braves took Ball in the 24th round of the 2019 draft.

Pederson, 29, is batting .230 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 73 games this season. He was in his first season with the Cubs after signing a one-year deal in January. Pederson’s a career .230 hitter with 141 home runs. He spent his first seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Braves lost star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to a torn ACL before the All-Star Break.

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