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Braves sign John Buck to minor league deal with Spring Training invite

In a move that seems to be purely for organizational depth, the Braves have added John Buck to their system, where the 34-year old is expected to start the season in Gwinnett

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The Braves have continued to add to their organization in what is becoming an extremely busy offseason. This time, the Braves have given a minor league deal to journeyman catcher John Buck, which also includes an invitation to Spring Training.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Braves?src=hash">#Braves</a> have given C John Buck a Minor League deal and a ST invite. Buck will be targeted to begin the year with Gwinnett.</p>&mdash; Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) <a href="https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/559813734429130752">January 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The former All-Star catcher (Yeah, it happened. 2010. Look it up!) made 32 appearances at the Major League level last season with the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, he made 1 more appearance for the Angels' AAA affiliate last season than he did for both teams at the Major League level, so it shouldn't be too much of a shock that the Braves are going to stick him in the suburbs at Gwinnett. Buck is a career .234/.301/.398 hitter with .305 wOBA and 84 wRC+, but is still a decent enough defender at the catcher position.

Again, this is clearly a move for organizational depth. The G-Braves now have themselves an experienced catcher, while the Major League team has a player who can come in and do a job just in case Christian Bethancourt and A.J. Pierzynski experience the type of Hard Times that the legendary Dusty Rhodes talked about way back when.

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