Atlanta Braves bring back fan favorite Charlie Culberson on minor league deal
By Matt Melton
A fan favorite to many Atlanta Braves' fans during his time with the organization, Charlie Culberson has re-signed with the club on a minor league deal. According to the Braves' transactions log, the deal took place recently on March 28, with the veteran utiltity player having also been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett today.
This comes only days after the 33-year-old was released by the Tampa Bay Rays back on March 24, a club in which he previously signed with on February 9 to a minor league deal that included an invite to spring training.
Atlanta Braves sign Charlie Culberson to minor league deal
A 10-year MLB veteran, Culberson has spent the last two seasons in the major leagues with the Texas Rangers, slashing .243/.296/.381 across 91 games during the 2021 campaign. A year ago, Culberson would slash .252/.283/.357 across 70 games, and would combine for seven HR, 34 RBI, and nine SB between the two years.
A Georgia native out of Calhoun High School where he was selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, Culberson previously played in Atlanta from 2018-20, joining the Braves as part of the Matt Kemp trade with the Dodgers.
Across his time in Atlanta, Culberson would slash a combined .265/.314/.454 across 230 games, along with 17 HR and 66 RBI. Also included in this span was the best season of Culberson's career in 2018, a year in which the utility player slashed .270/.326/.466 with 12 HR and 45 HR.
A depth option at nearly every position on the field, it feels likely that Atlanta Braves' fans could potentially see Culberson suit up for the club at the major league level once again this season at some point. Based on his positional versaility as well, it feels likely that it could potentially be sooner rather than later.