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John Buck | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/7/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jul 21 - 6:07 PM

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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.
Jul 15 - 4:14 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.
Jul 8 - 1:12 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.
Jun 3 - 10:36 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.
May 4 - 7:05 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.
Jan 16 - 5:40 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.
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 MLB.com 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.
Source: MLB.com
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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Hank Conger
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Howie Kendrick
SS1Erick Aybar
2John McDonald
3B1David Freese
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3J.B. Shuck
DH1C.J. Cron
2Efren Navarro
3J.B. Shuck
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Garrett Richards
4Tyler Skaggs
5Matt Shoemaker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Jason Grilli
4Kevin Jepsen
5Joe Thatcher
6Hector Santiago
7Mike Morin
8Cory Rasmus
9Brian Moran
10Ryan Brasier
11Sean Burnett