Braves bring back beloved familiar face

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I’m not sure how it skated under the radar for this long, but according to the Braves transactions page, they have brought back old friend Charlie Culberson on a minor-league deal.

Culberson’s best years came with the Braves in 2018 and 2019 when he was a do-it-all specialist, recording a .771 OPS and earning the nickname Charlie Clutch.

Beyond the number of huge plays he made in big moments, Charlie Culberson became beloved by Braves Country because of his attitude and willingness to do whatever the team needed of him to win. He quite literally played every position on the diamond. Culberson even pitched at times… and was good.

Culberson owns a career 1.23 ERA over 7.1 innings. That’s pretty wild, but that’s not why the Braves are signing him. He’ll serve as high-quality organizational depth that can come up in a pinch in case injury strikes. Most of his value stems from his versatility and what he brings to the clubhouse on a daily basis.

Following the 2019 season, Charlie Culberson’s Braves career was halted after he was hit in the face with a pitch trying to bunt, resulting in multiple facial fractures. Culberson has spent the last two seasons with the Rangers, appearing in 158 games and recording a .665 OPS. He signed with the Rays this offseason, but after struggling in Spring Training, he failed to make the team and was granted his release, allowing the Braves to scoop him up.

Welcome back to Atlanta, Charlie Culberson!

Photo: John McCoy/Icon Sportswire

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