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Storylines: Kurt Suzuki inks deal with Atlanta Braves

Another free agent is off the board as catcher Kurt Suzuki landed with a new team on Saturday. That and all the rest of the news from a slow day around baseball...

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- The Atlanta Braves improved their catching corps on Saturday.  They didn’t add Matt Wieters, whom they’ve long been linked to, but instead were able to sign veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $1.5MM deal per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.  The deal also contains an additional $2.5MM in incentives.  Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 2016.  It was not up to his usual standard of production he had enjoyed with the Twins in the first year of his tenure with them as he hit a robust .288/.345/.383 in the 2014 season.  Since then he saw a drop-off in his offensive production at the plate.  Suzuki was considered a trade candidate in 2016 given the Twins poor performance but there were few parties interested in him due to his poor pitch framing ability.  He now looks to form a catching duo with fellow catcher Tyler Flowers.  Flowers is regarded as an excellent pitch framer so it will be interesting to see how the pairing of Flowers and Suzuki works given their opposite abilities in the ever popular pitch framing department.

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- Free agent veteran pitcher Tim Linceum is hoping to be able to pitch again as a starter in 2017 per Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group.  Lincecum pitched with the Angels in 2016 but put up a bloated 9.16 ERA across only 38.1 innings of work.  His best days seem to be behind him as he barely resembles the two-time CY Young Award Winner with the San Francisco Giants.  At this point he represents a pitching depth option at best.


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