Ray Flaherty

Slugger Jose Bautista, Braves agree to minor league deal

Even with their Ryan Flaherty leading the NL in hitting, the Atlanta Braves couldn't resist the low-risk opportunity to add Jose Bautista.

The six-time All-Star agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on Wednesday after impressing team officials at a workout, and he will try to earn playing time at third base.

Bautista, 37, would receive a $1 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man major league roster. He will report to the Braves extended spring training complex in Kissimmee, Florida, to work himself into game condition while playing third base.

"He's a good player who if and when he gets here can lengthen our lineup," Braves manager...

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