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Braves sign Christian Colon

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The Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. This deal, significant because it’s literally the only baseball news happening, was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag sports.

Colon batted just .160/.236/.180 in 57 plate appearances with the Royals and Marlins, but people put up with all manner of offensive ineptness in the name of a utilityman. Colon has played short, second and third. Given that the Braves are likely to sport an eight-man bullpen, versatility is important for their small bench.

I haven’t checked yet, but I bet the Braves lead all of baseball in having players named either “Christian” or “Colon” in the course of baseball history. Someone with some time on their hands needs to track that down for me.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.