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Braves sign first baseman Mark Hamilton

Dec 15, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

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As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Braves have reached agreement on a minor league contract with first baseman Mark Hamilton.

Hamilton was a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He appeared in 47 games for St. Louis between the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has not been back to the bigs since.

The 29-year-old batted .265/.365/.458 with 12 home runs and 60 RBI in 89 games this past season for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Hamilton will function as organizational depth at first base for the Braves in 2014.

His minor league deal includes an invitation to spring training.

  1. jc4455 - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Buried behind the great Pujols
    He never reached his lofty goals
    240 pounds of the grittiest grit
    Independence day, Never forget!
    On that day, his bat he did wield
    A nubber even Rolen could not field

  2. spudchukar - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Unfortunately for Hamilton, who posted some fairly impressive numbers in AA and AAA for the Cards, Matt Adams was a younger, better player with similar talents. And now he will be blocked by Freeman.

  3. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Freeman and Gamel

    • spudchukar - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Thanks, I couldn’t remember their new acquisition. They certainly have depth their now.

  4. phatnate - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Odd, they now have 5 first baseman on their roster, Freeman, Gattis, Gamel, Hamilton and someone named Ernesto Mejia. Odd, because Freddie plays every day. Instant rumor…Freddie trade for David Price.

    • aphillieated - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I wouldn’t trade Freeman for Price. smh

  5. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Freddie is more valuable than Price. Gattis is far from a 1B, dude missed a pop up in the coach’s box.

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