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Braves sign infielder Colon to Minors deal

Former Marlin, Royal may fill role as versatile backup
MLB.com @JoeTrezz

The Braves had a need for a versatile infielder after non-tendering Jace Peterson and Danny Santana last week. They filled the void by signing utility man Christian Colon to a Minor League deal, a source told MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports was the first to report the deal, citing a source.

The Braves had a need for a versatile infielder after non-tendering Jace Peterson and Danny Santana last week. They filled the void by signing utility man Christian Colon to a Minor League deal, a source told MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports was the first to report the deal, citing a source.

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Colon, 28, appeared in 24 games with the Royals and Marlins last season, providing a defensive backup at second and third base. Colon can also play shortstop. Once a top prospect in Kansas City's system, Colon hit just .263/.323/.329 over 125 games for Kansas City across four seasons. But he'll always have a place in franchise history thanks to one big hit. Colon drove in the winning run in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Mets, sparking a 13th-inning rally that clinched the Royals' first championship in 30 years.

In Atlanta, Colon would get a chance to win a utility role due to his ability to play up the middle. The club is more comfortable with the two other backup infielders on the its active roster, Rio Ruiz and Adonis Garcia, playing on the corners.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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