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Braves Agree To Minor League Deal With Jose Bautista

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The Atlanta Braves and free agent slugger Jose Bautista have agreed on a Minor League deal for him to play third base, the club announced on Thursday.

Bautista, 37, has spent the last 10 seasons (since 2008) with the Toronto Blue Jays, primarily as a right fielder. Since 2012, he’s appeared in just 12 games at third base (eight in 2017), meaning he will certainly need time to ease himself back into the position which he played for a large portion early in his career.

If Bautista makes Atlanta’s 40-man roster, he will earn $1 million, according to ESPN.

Since becoming a Blue Jay, Bautista emerged as one of the game’s feared sluggers, hitting at least 22 home runs each season from 2010-17, and at least 35 in four of those seasons.

In his 14-year career (since 2004) for five teams (played for four teams in 2004), Bautista’s a career .250/.362/.480 hitter with 331 homers and 927 RBIs. Additionally, Bautista’s a six-time All-Star, two-time MLB home run leader (2010-11), two-time Hank Aaron Award winner, and three-time Silver Slugger.

Bautista had an extremely rough season in 2017, hitting .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 games (the second highest total of his career); his .203 average was the worst out of all 144 Major League qualifiers.

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Braves Place Brian McCann On IL

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The Atlanta Braves have placed veteran catcher Brian McCann on the injured list after he suffered a right hamstring strain during Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins.

McCann injured himself while sliding into third base during the fourth inning of the loss to Miami.

McCann signed a one-year, $2 million deal to return to the Braves, where he spent the majority of his career, this past offseason.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Braves Re-Sign Nick Markakis

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The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran outfielder Nick Markakis to a one year, $6 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The new deal includes $4 million salary for 2019 and a $6 million club option, or a $2 million buyout for 2020, with $6 million guaranteed.

Markakis, 35, has spent the last four seasons with the Braves, and posted a .297 average with 14 homers and 93 RBIs.

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