Braves extend C Suzuki another year

Ruben Hill
September 24, 2017

The Braves have taken the first step - and the only hard one - in solidifying their catching position for 2018, announcing Saturday that have signed Kurt Suzuki to a one-year contract.

"You can see the potential and a lot of positives coming out of this", said the 33-year-old catcher, a Baldwin High School graduate.

That's a WAR better than what the Cardinals got from Yadier Molina this season (2.2) at $1.25 million less than Molina will receive next year. He has thrown out 13 of 54 runners attempting to steal. "I am glad everything worked out".

General manager John Coppollela said the Braves also intend to exercise catcher Tyler Flowers' $4 million option for next year.

"I think at this point we would lean that way very strongly", Coppollela said.

Great news for Zuk: The @Braves are bringing back catcher Kurt Suzuki in 2018! They are good friends. He would sign with the Minnesota Twins following the 2013 season, spending three years in the Twin Cities before agreeing to his current one-year deal with the Braves.

Phillies outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins continued his red-hot rookie season in Thursday's 5-4 defeat, finishing with a double and two RBIs, and begins the weekend with 18 homers and 45 RBIs in 41 games.

Over 11 major league seasons, Suzuki has a career.256 average with 1,140 hits in 1,284 games (1,224 games at catcher).

The Hawaiian native was a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2004 and played six seasons with the A's until being traded to the Washington Nationals in August 2012.

He is 219-for-907 in his career throwing out runners on stolen-base attempts.

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