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Braves sign Christian Colon


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.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.