Braves sign Charlie Culberson to minor-league deal

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Here's a quick by-the-numbers look at the 2019 stats of Charlie Culberson.

Charlie Culberson wasn’t gone for long.

The Braves announced they signed the fan-favorite utilityman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training Thursday. Culberson, a Georgia native, was non-tendered earlier this month. He was projected to make $1.8 million in arbitration, per MLB Trade Rumors.

While the team’s search for a power hitter is center stage, the Braves have also explored their depth options. Culberson, capable of playing around the infield and outfield, fits the bill.

Culberson has hit .267/.316/.457 in two seasons with the Braves. He’s been a pivotal player over the past two division-winning years, where he’s been a reliable fill-in option upon injury. Culberson started at shortstop for the Braves in the 2018 National League Division Series with Dansby Swanson sidelined.

The 30-year-old is recovering from multiple facial fractures sustained during a bunt attempt in September. He’s expected to be fully ready for spring training, where he’ll now attempt to make the Braves’ 26-man roster.

The Braves will continue searching for depth upgrades, with an emphasis on finding a defensive-minded backup shortstop.

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