Light lies the crown ...
| Ken Rosenthal
Rotowire: Mar 26 / 7:10a ET
News: Buck announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday.
Impact: Buck has elected to retire and spend more time with his family rather than compete for a spot providing depth at catcher with the Braves. He'll finish an 11-year career with a .234 average and 134 long balls.
StatsLLC: Mar 26 / 12:00a ET
News: Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. He says he wants to spend more time with his family. He hit .320 with one homer in 25 at-bats for the Braves in spring training.
Impact: The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. He hit .225 in 32 games with Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels last year after playing for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2013. Buck set career highs with 20 homers and 66 RBIs with Toronto in 2010. He played his first six seasons with Kansas City.
Rotowire: Jan 26 / 3:02p ET
News: Buck has agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Braves, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Christian Bethancourt is a defensive savant, but may not be able to reliably hit big league pitching, and his backup, A.J. Pierzynski is 38 and got on base at a .288 clip last year. Buck at least gives the Braves a third option who is ready for the big leagues if the need should arise, although he will probably be sent to Triple-A to start the season.