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John Buck | Catcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/7/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners signed C John Buck to a one-year, $1 million contract.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract terms. The 33-year-old Buck is expected to serve as Mike Zunino's backup in 2014 and gives the Mariners a right-handed power threat off the bench. Jan 16 - 5:40 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the Mariners have reached a one-year, $1 million deal with John Buck.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports was the first to catch word that an agreement was close. Buck is expected to serve as catcher Mike Zunino's primary backup this season in Seattle and can provide a bit of extra pop off the bench. The 33-year-old has averaged 22 home runs per 162 games since the beginning of the 2010 season.
Jan 14 - 5:49 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners are giving John Buck a major league contract.

The exact details of the one-year pact are still being worked out. Buck, 33, hit .219/.285/.367 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 110 games last season between the Mets and Pirates. He will serve as the primary backup to starting catcher Mike Zunino this year in Seattle.
Jan 14 - 5:19 PM

John Buck is "very close" to agreeing to a one-year deal with the Mariners, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Morosi reported late Monday night that the Mariners and Buck were making progress on a deal. Assuming the deal gets done, the 33-year-old will provide some veteran insurance behind the plate in case Mike Zunino struggles.
Jan 14 - 9:40 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are close to an agreement with free agent catcher John Buck.

Buck, 33, batted .219/.285/.367 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI over 110 games last season between the Mets and Pirates. If signed by Seattle, he would function as a backup to young Mike Zunino.
Jan 14 - 12:42 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have no interest in bringing back free agent catcher John Buck.

The 33-year-old backstop began the 2013 campaign with the Mets, bashing 15 homers and driving home 60 runs in 101 games before a mid-season trade to the Pirates. While the team is still looking for catching depth behind Travis d'Arnaud, Buck doesn't appear to be a fit.
Jan 5 - 5:01 PM

Bill Ladson of reports that the Nationals are interested in adding free agent catcher John Buck to serve as a backup to Wilson Ramos.

Ladson reports that the team is looking for an established backup who would be able to play full-time should Ramos suffer a significant injury. The 33-year-old backstop came out of the gate strong in 2013, but limped home with a .222/.288/.278 slash with one homer and 14 RBI in the second half of the season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 09:50:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Twins are interested in John Buck.

The Twins appear ready to hand the starting catcher job to Josmil Pinto following Joe Mauer's move to first base, but Buck would give them a bit of protection in case Pinto struggles. He batted .219/.285/.362 with 15 homers for the Mets and Pirates this past season.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 02:21:00 PM

John Buck went 3-for-3 in his Pirates debut Thursday against the Brewers.

It's the first time he's had three hits since May 1 and just the second time all year, so Pirates fans shouldn't get used to it. He's an upgrade over Tony Sanchez in the backup role, though.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 10:14:00 PM

Pirates acquired C John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd and cash considerations from the Mets for INF Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.

The Pirates have lost Michael McKenry (knee) for the season, so Buck will provide a veteran option to back up Russell Martin. The 33-year-old is batting .215/.285/.367 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 101 games this season and is unlikely to be fantasy relevant the rest of the way. Like Byrd, he will be a free agent this winter.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 02:30:00 PM

Mets placed C John Buck on the paternity leave list.

Buck left the team on Friday to be with his wife in labor. He'll be gone for a couple of games and the Mets have called up top prospect Travis d'Arnaud to replace him.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 05:17:00 PM

The Mets will place John Buck on the paternity leave list on Saturday.

Buck got word before Friday's game that his wife was getting ready to have the baby, and departed immediately to be with her for the birth. In had been a long-awaited event, as their due date was August 1. He'll be officially placed on the paternity leave list Saturday and can remain away from the team for 24-72 hours. Top prospect Travis d'Arnaud will be called up to take his place on the active roster.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:29:00 PM

John Buck has been scratched from Friday's starting lineup, and will soon be placed on paternity leave as he awaits the birth of a child.

Anthony Recker is replacing him in Friday's lineup, with Travis d'Arnaud expected to be recalled from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:15:00 PM

John Buck will be placed on paternity leave soon.

Buck's wife is due on Thursday, and he's expected to be away from the team for three days. It's possible Travis d'Arnaud could be called up for his major league debut, though Mets manager Terry Collins wouldn't rule out Juan Centeno and Francisco Pena.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 09:30:00 PM

John Buck delivered an RBI double Friday in a loss to the Nationals.

After struggling miserably through May and June, Buck is hitting .304 with one home run, five doubles, and 14 RBI through 15 games this month. The Mets will happily take it while they wait for Travis d'Arnaud (foot) to arrive later this summer, but the veteran backstop shouldn't be an option outside of deeper two-catcher fantasy leagues.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2John Buck
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Stefen Romero
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
2Michael Saunders
3James Jones
DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Dominic Leone