MLB hot stove: Nationals sign C Kurt Suzuki to 2-year deal

first_imgThe Nationals and catcher Kurt Suzuki have agreed to a two-deal on Monday.Suzuki batted .276/.341/.485 with 31 homers in 697 plate appearances over the past two seasons with the Braves while sharing time with Tyler Flowers. MLB trade rumors: Mets unlikely to deal Noah Syndergaard for prospects Durability could be a question for Suzuki given his age (35) and the fact he hasn’t caught more than 100 games in each of the past three seasons. The Nationals could look to add another catcher, given the relative lack of big-league experience and organizational depth at the position.Likewise, though the Braves already have extended Flowers through the 2019 season, per MLB Trade Rumors “it seems quite likely that they’ll be adding a catcher of some note to step up and handle a significant chunk  — if not the vast majority — of playing time for the 2019 season.”center_img He represents an upgrade offensively in Washington, where he’ll be paid $10 million.Nationals catchers batted just .214/.304/.320 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs in 2018. Related Newslast_img