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John Buck | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/7/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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John Buck is retiring from baseball.
Buck spent this spring in Braves camp, but he wasn't going to crack their Opening Day roster and the 34-year-old catcher announced Thursday that he is hanging up his cleats for good. Buck batted .234/.301/.398 with 844 hits and 134 home runs in parts of 11 major league seasons. He was an American League All-Star in 2010. Mar 26 - 9:55 AM

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Braves signed C John Buck to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The veteran catcher will be ticketed for Triple-A Gwinnett. Buck had a cool .802 OPS and 20 home runs in 2010 with the Blue Jays, but he's a very different hitter now at age 34. Buck batted just .225/.289/.281 in 97 plate appearances last season between the Mariners and Angels.
Jan 26 - 3:48 PM

John Buck has elected free agency.

He was designated for assignment earlier this week and will now get an early start at free agency. Buck, who hit only .225/.289/.281 across 97 plate appearances in the majors this season, will likely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 07:46:00 PM

Angels designated C John Buck for assignment.

Buck is now officially off the Angels' 40-man roster. The veteran catcher has some power, but he posted a weak .225/.289/.281 slash line across 97 plate appearances this season between Seattle and Anaheim.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Angels purchased the contract of C John Buck from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Buck will be an emergency catcher for the Angels this month. He probably won't get more than a start or two.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Angels signed C John Buck to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Buck will stay in the American League West after being cut loose by the Mariners earlier this month. The veteran backstop batted just .226/.293/.286 in 92 plate appearances for the M's before being released. He'll give the Angels some veteran depth and figures to come up in September as the club's third catcher.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Mariners released C John Buck.

Buck was designated for assignment by the M's last week after batting .226/.293/.286 in 92 plate appearances. The 34-year-old catcher is now a free agent and should latch on with a new organization pretty quickly, though he probably won't find regular playing time.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Mariners designated catcher John Buck for assignment.

Buck was hitting .226/.293/.286 with one homer in 84 at-bats this season, but that isn't exactly far off what the Mariners should have expected from him. It's also no worse than what they can count on from his likely internal replacement, Jesus Sucre. Sucre was hitting .281/.299/.368 with two homers in 171 at-bats in Triple-A. Perhaps the Mariners are planning a George Kottaras pickup after he was DFA'd by the Indians. Otherwise, this seems pretty pointless for them.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 01:12:00 AM

John Buck went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in the Mariners' 7-5 win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Getting the start behind the plate, Buck hit his first home run of the season -- a two-run shot that ended up bringing home the game-winning run -- off Alex Wood in the seventh inning. Buck also had a pair of singles on the night. The catcher is batting .267/.340/.378 in limited duty this year.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 10:36:00 PM

John Buck went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Astros.

Buck doubled twice among his three hits, and he added an RBI single in the eighth inning. Buck has a .300 average while playing sparingly behind Mike Zunino this season.
Sun, May 4, 2014 07:05:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 05:40:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 05:49:00 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.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 05:19:00 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.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 09:40:00 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.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 12:42:00 AM

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