The Washington Nationals signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two year, $10 Million deal on Monday.
The new deal will earn the former Atlanta Brave $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020. Suzuki made a solid $3.5 million last season with Atlanta before hitting the free agent market.
Suzuki is coming off of the two best offensive seasons of his career and has always been solid defensively, making him a nice fit for the Nationals. Whether or not Suzuki can duplicate his prior performance with the Braves will be a big question for the Nationals going forward, but since Washington will not be competing in 2018, Suzuki will be a solid veteran presence for the club and a solid bat in the lineup in the lineup while being reliable behind the plate.
Suzuki hit a solid .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers in 388 plate appearances in 2018 playing for the National League East Champion Atlanta Braves. The 35-year-old will take over behind the plate due to the Nationals’ 2018 starting catcher, Matt Wieters, becoming a free agent this offseason.
Overall, this is a low risk, high reward for the Nationals who will be struggling to stay competitive with the loss of Bryce Harper among others to free agency.