It was rumored the Braves were interested in possibly re-signing Kurt Suzuki if their primary options did not pan out. Obviously, the team is looking to upgrade at the position, but the Suzuki/Flowers combination has been serviceable over the last two years. That is no longer an option, as the 12-year veteran inked a two-year deal with the division-rival Washington Nationals Monday afternoon.
Breaking: Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 19, 2018
Suzuki hit a respectable .276 with 31 home runs in 186 appearances for the Bravos. With the market for offensive-minded catchers virtually non-existent, the Nationals are getting a reliable veteran with some occasional pop. On the other hand, the Braves’ search for a catcher becomes that much more time sensitive with so few quality options available.
Atlanta has been linked to All-Star catcher, J.T. Realmuto, of the Marlins, but rumors are the Fish are hesitant to trade him within their own division. The Braves have also been in contact with free agents Wilson Ramos, who last played for the Phillies, and Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers.