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Atlanta Braves Show Interest in Ryan Theriot

December 29th, 2011 at 9:52 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have expressed interest in signing free agent shortstop Ryan Theriot, John Heyman of CBS Sports reported in a tweet today.

Theriot hit .277 with a .662 OPS last season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 132 games. He only stole four bases, which was the first time since 2006 that he did not steal 20 bags in a season.

The fact that the Braves are looking into the 32-year-old veteran, who has seven Major League seasons under his belt, may signal that they may also look for a short term solution for a starting shortstop to give Tyler Pastornicky more time to develop in the minor leagues. The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Mets are also reportedly in the mix to sign Theriot, who has a lifetime .282 batting average.

Before being non-tendered by the Cardinals, Theriot was up for arbitration and was projected my mlbtraderumors.com to receive $3.9 million for 2012. He has also played for the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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