Due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of his extension, which will be worth $3.5 million, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Suzuki has split time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers this season, hitting .271 with 18 home runs 71 runs batted in and an .868 OPS in 76 games played. The Braves signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million in January, with the opportunity to earn $2.5 million in incentives based primarily upon the number of games he started.
To this point in the season, Suzuki has made 66 starts behind the plate, with the catcher earning a $50,000 bonus for his 65th start.
Suzuki, whose major league career began with the Oakland Athletics in 2007, spent his first five-plus seasons with the team before being traded to the Washington Nationals. The Nats would trade Suzuki, who contributed to the team’s run to the NL East title in 2012, back to Oakland the following season. He would sign with the Minnesota Twins following the 2013 season, spending three years in the Twin Cities before agreeing to his current one-year deal with the Braves.
Braves sign Suzuki to 1-year extension
Fanrag Sports | Sep 23