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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher | #24

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Fullerton
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / OAK
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Braves signed C Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
The deal was reported last week and is now official after Suzuki passed a physical. He can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. The veteran backstop will share the catching duties in Atlanta with Tyler Flowers. Suzuki batted .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016. Jan 30 - 4:57 PM

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Adding details to an earlier report, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves' agreement with Kurt Suzuki will be for one year and $1.5 million.

The deal also includes a potential $2.5 million in incentives. Suzuki is expected to serve in a platoon with Tyler Flowers behind the plate. The Braves now appear to be set behind the plate, which takes away one of the few potential landing spots that were remaining for Matt Wieters.
Jan 21 - 11:44 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice complement to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 21 - 11:19 AM

Kurt Suzuki returned to the Twins lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in a losing effort against the Mets.

The veteran backstop required five stitches to close a laceration on his chin on Wednesday. He's now hitting .268/.310/.419 with eight homers and 49 RBI in 332 at-bats on the season.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki required five stitches to close a chin laceration suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Suzuki was smacked in the face mask by a foul tip in the eighth inning. John Ryan Murphy replaced him behind the plate after he suffered the injury. He might need a few days off after this one, but it likely won't sideline him for too long.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:52:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a chin laceration.

The life of a major league catcher. Suzuki took a foul tip to the mask in the eighth inning and immediately headed into the dugout to patch up the subsequent laceration. He was replaced by John Ryan Murphy behind the plate. Suzuki should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:04:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers.

This means that Suzuki is now eligible to be traded to any team. The 37-year-old is batting .283/.323/.435 with six homers over 80 games this season and is owed about $1.54 million before becoming a free agent this winter. He could draw interest from contenders.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki has been placed on trade waivers.

The 48-hour waiver period expires Sunday afternoon. The Twins will be free to work out a trade with any interested club if Suzuki goes unclaimed. If a team does put in a claim for Suzuki, the Twins would then have 48 hours to complete a trade with the club that claimed him. Suzuki has hit a respectable .282 this year with six homers and 21 doubles. There's a real chance Saturday will be his last game in a Twins uniform.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 07:55:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Twins fell to the Braves in a slugfest on Wednesday night in Minnesota.

Suzuki's two-run blast came off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, pulling the Twins to within four runs at 7-3. He's enjoying a nice bounce-back season behind the plate for the Twins, hitting .292/.328/.447 with six long balls and 35 RBI.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki (head) is back in the Twins' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

Suzuki has been sidelined since taking a foul tip of his catcher's mask on Saturday. He was cleared of a concussion and is batting eighth in his return to action.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki was cleared of a concussion.

Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask, but he escaped with a minor cut. Consider him day-to-day. Juan Centeno took over behind the plate for Minnesota.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 08:24:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki was pulled from Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his mask.

Suzuki had to be helped off by trainer Dave Pruemer, who was holding a towel to the catcher's lower jaw. There should be an update from the Twins after the game. Juan Centeno replaced him behind the plate.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 08:11:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Rangers.

The home run was Suzuki's fifth of the year, and he's now enjoyed three consecutive multi-hit games. A miserable first two months of the season torpedoed his numbers, but the 32-year-old batted .370/.395/.589 in June and has stayed hot in July, improving his overall line to a respectable .287/.327/.431.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 12:54:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBI as the Twins outlasted the Phillies 14-10 on Tuesday.

Suzuki swatted a two-run double in the third, a two-run home run in the fifth and another two-run double in the eighth. The game was easily the best of the season for the 32-year-old, who is now hitting .265/.302/.411. He has four home runs, 25 RBI and 11 runs scored in 47 games.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 01:30:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki (head) went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

Suzuki took a hard foul ball off his mask this past weekend and sat out a couple games, but he was ultimately cleared of any concussion symptoms. The veteran catcher is batting .212/.266/.293 this season.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 09:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3R.A. Dickey
4Jaime Garcia
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Aaron Blair
7Matt Wisler
8John Danks
9Max Fried
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Ian Krol
5Jose Ramirez
6Daniel Winkler
7Josh Collmenter
8Chaz Roe
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Paco Rodriguez
12Blaine Boyer
13Eric O'Flaherty
14Sam Freeman