The Braves have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, a major-league source tells SB Nation. Suzuki will receive a one-year, $1.5 million deal that includes $2.5 million in incentives, as reported by FOX’s Ken Rosenthal.
Suzuki joins Tyler Flowers and Anthony Recker in the mix at catcher for the Braves, who were also linked to free agents Jason Castro and Matt Wieters at points this winter. The ex-Twin will likely see significant action alongside Flowers, with Recker serving as a third option.
Suzuki’s free-agent market was a bit quiet this winter, with the only report about him noting he would prefer to sign with a west-coast team. With Castro, Wieters and Wilson Ramos all available on the open market, Suzuki’s market clearly took some time to develop.
Suzuki, 33, hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers in 106 games for the Twins last season before hitting free agency. He is a lifetime .256/.311/.372 hitter in 10 major-league seasons with the Athletics (2007-12, 2013), Nationals (2012-13) and Twins (2014-16), and was an All-Star in 2014.