Braves extend C Suzuki another year

Paola Ditto
Settembre 24, 2017

Atlanta Braves Kurt Suzuki celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Atlanta.

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.

The 33-year-old has a career-high 18 homers, and the Braves value his work with young starting pitchers.

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.

Newcomb beat the New York Mets in his last start September 15, striking out eight while walking only one and surrendering two runs on six hits across 5 1/3 innings. "I am glad everything worked out".

With Suzuki - who hit.271/.343/.525 with a career-high 18 home runs in just 255 at-bats over 76 games in his 11th Major League Baseball season - Atlanta can now exercise the team $4 million option on Tyler Flowers for 2018 (given Flowers' production, including this year's 8.7 offensive WAR, it's a no-brainer) and have will two catchers who combined for 4.5 WAR in 2017.

"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!

Suzuki entered Saturday hitting.271 with 47 RBIs in 76 games and Flowers.283 with 47 RBIs in 91 games. They are good friends.

Suzuki has been hit by a pitch 13 times this season, tied for the eighth-most in the National League, and 83 times in his career, tied for 22nd among all active players.

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