The Atlanta Braves have an agreement in place with former Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins infielder Christian Colon on a minor-league deal, a league source tells FanRag Sports. The deal is expected to include an invitation to Spring Training
Atlanta makes plenty of sense for Colon, as they recently non-tendered Jace Peterson and Danny Santana, which made room for him.
David O’Brien of AJC wrote Monday that Atlanta was looking for a “proven shortstop who can back up several positions around the infield.” With Peterson and Santana out of the picture, the need only grew.
Colon fits part of that profile – he has played shortstop in 27 games over his career, but hasn’t played the position since 2016 with Kansas City. He also has a wide variety of experience playing across the infield in his career, also spending time at second and third base.
With the Braves, Colon is not going to start. Rather, he’ll fit the description of versatile backup. He could be a solid under-the-radar addition for Atlanta.
Colon’s career has been interesting. At one time, he was ranked among the top-10 prospects in the Royals’ organization, so there is plenty of talent to work with. He never lived up to that status, but he did make an impact, as he hit in the game winning run in the World Series that resulted in the Royals winning the title.
In his four-year career, Colon has played in 142 games, hitting .22 with one home run and 25 RBI. In 24 games in 2017, he struggled, hitting .160, while failing to record a home run or RBI.