Veteran catcher John Buck, who was trying to win a job with the Braves on a minor-league contract, announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the majors for seven different teams.
Buck was signed in late January, after the Braves had already signed A.J. Pierzynski to serve as the veteran backup behind Christian Bethancourt. He had a good spring at age 34, hitting .320 with a 1.052 OPS in 12 games, but clearly the Braves had already settled on Pierzynski taking the job.
Buck debuted with the Royals as a 23-year-old in 2004 and spent the first six years of his career in Kansas City. He moved on to the Blue Jays in 2010 and made his lone All-Star team, hitting .281 with 20 homers and an .802 OPS. And then he hit just .216 with 44 homers and a .656 OPS in 388 games from 2011 through the end of his career.
Veteran catcher John Buck has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the 34-year-old Buck is slated to begin the season at Triple-A, as the Braves go with Christian Bethancourt and 38-year-old A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate.
Buck hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2010, when he made the All-Star game with the Blue Jays. Since then he’s hit just .216 with a .656 OPS in 388 games for five different teams, including the Mariners and Angels last season.
Mets reliever Vic Black has been shut down with a shoulder injury just one week after returning from a disabled list stint for a herniated disk in his back.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Black has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff, which seems likely to sideline him for the remainder of the season. He won’t throw again for at least five days.
Black, who was acquired from the Pirates along with Dilson Herrera last August in exchange for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, has pitched well for the Mets with a 2.83 ERA and 44/23 K/BB ratio in 48 innings since the deal.