The Braves announced this afternoon that they’ve selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Charlie Culberson. Atlanta non-tendered the 31-year-old this past offseason but quickly re-signed him to a minor league pact. He’ll now play a third straight season in Atlanta.
Culberson provided some big hits for the Braves in 2018, shaking off a terrible start to the season and emerging as a fan favorite after a career-best .270/.326/.466 batting line in 322 plate appearances that season. Things didn’t go as well for Culberson in 2019, as his line dipped to .259/.294/.437 in 144 plate appearances. Culberson has played every position except catcher and center field in the Majors — including three innings on the mound. He’ll give the Braves some versatility off the bench with rosters expanded to 30 players to begin the year. Culberson’s minor league deal included a $1MM base salary upon making the roster, and the prorated portion of that checks in just over $370K.