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4 John Buck C
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 7/7/1980 | Birthplace: Kemmerer, WY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 337.33

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Mariners designate John Buck for assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Mariners desginated catcher John Buck for assignment after Monday's win over the Twins.

Buck has hit just .226/.293/.286 with one home run and six RBI in 84 at-bats while serving as the team's No. 2 backstop. He'll head to waivers before potentially being assigned to a minor-league club, while the Mariners will likely add another catcher to the active roster before Tuesday's game.


John Buck blasts first home run in three-hit night Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Mariners catcher John Buck went 3 for 4 with his first home run of the season as well as two RBI and three runs in his team's 7-5 win over the Braves Tuesday.

Buck broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning by depositing a two-run shot over the right field fence, but it was just his first home run in 45 at-bats after smacking 15 home runs last season. He has hit .267/.340/.378 in limited action.


Mariners, John Buck agree to major-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Mariners have agreed to a major-league deal with catcher John Buck worth $1 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Buck hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 392 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates last season, with most of his work coming with the Mets before he was traded to Pittsburgh in late August. The Mariners will be his sixth major-league team.


Mariners close to agreement with John Buck


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Mariners are making progress towards a deal with free-agent catcher John Buck, and an agreement is close, FOX Sports 1 reports.

Buck hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 392 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates last season. Were he to sign with Seattle, Buck would likely serve as the backup to second-year backstop Mike Zunino.


Nationals have interest in John Buck


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) The Nationals are looking for a backup catcher and have interest in free agent John Buck, MLB.com reports. The team is searching for a backup that can fill a starting role in the event of a Wilson Ramos injury.

Buck hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 392 at-bats between the Mets and Pirates last season.


Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau among Pirates' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to A.J. Burnett, who was not extended a qualifying offer, the Pirates have had several players declare free agency, including relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, shortstop Clint Barmes, catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher Jeff Karstens and first baseman Justin Morneau.

Burnett is expected to re-sign with the Pirates if he doesn't retire. The Pirates have also expressed interest in bringing back Byrd, Morneau and Barmes.


John Buck gets first start with Pirates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Pirates catcher John Buck will draw the start Thursday against the Brewers.

Buck will hit seventh against pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Buck is hitting .215/.285/.367 in 368 at-bats. 


Mets send cash to Pirates with Marlon Byrd and John Buck


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Mets sent $250,000 to the Pirates with outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The Pirates didn't receive much salary relief for either player, which is a sign they are willing to go all in for a playoff push. Both Buck and Byrd are set to be free-agents following the season, so their salary figures won't be an issue next year.


Trade won't really help John Buck


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) I can't help but think John Buck's move to the Pirates Tuesday hurts his Fantasy value. Granted, he didn't play much at all for the Mets after top prospect Travis d'Arnaud arrived Aug. 17, but d'Arnaud being an unproven commodity, you could see how Buck might wind up back in the starting role if things didn't go as hoped.

The Pirates, though, have a proven commodity at catcher in Russell Martin, and though he doesn't have the same upside as d'Arnaud at this stage of his career, he's clearly a superior hitter to Buck, boasting an OPS nearly 100 points higher despite being stuck in a rut the last few weeks.

True, maybe that rut opens the door for Buck to play two or three times per week, which is more than he would have with the Mets had d'Arnaud lived up to his end of the bargain, but the bottom line is he won't get enough at-bats to matter in mixed leagues.


Pirates snag John Buck


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) The Pirates have acquired Mets catcher John Buck, according to ESPN New York. 

The team claimed Buck on waivers, and the two sides worked out a deal. Buck is hitting .215/.285/.367 in 368 at-bats. 


Report: Mets expected to make trades soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) The Mets are reportedly looking to get rid of some players, according to ESPNNewYork.com. 

At least five players are currently going through waivers, and the team is expected to make at least one deal. Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Pedro Feliciano are the most likely candidates to be moved. The team brought Anthony Recker, Matt den Dekker and Robert Carson to New York in case they make a deal. Those players would be activated if Byrd, Buck or Feliciano are dealt. 


Mets makes roster decisions at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Mets optioned catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas following Monday's game against the Twins, which means Travis d'Arnaud will remain on the roster as John Buck comes off his paternity leave. Mets manager Terry Collins said before Monday's game if d'Arnaud would remain on the major-league roster, then he likely would be the team's primary catcher.

Travis d'Arnaud to supplant John Buck as starter?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Mets plan to keep Travis d'Arnaud on the roster once John Buck returns from a paternity leave and expect to give him significant playing time, major-league sources told FOX Sports. d'Arnaud, who was promoted to the majors Saturday, is considered a top 100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 6) and Baseball America (No. 23).

John Buck lands on paternity list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Mets catcher John Buck has left the club to attend the birth of his child in New York, according to The Star-Ledger. Buck is expected to miss the next few days while the Mets are on the road. The Mets will return to New York Tuesday for a nine-game homestand.

Mets' catcher prospect could be short-term fill-in for John Buck


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Mets catcher John Buck's wife is slated to give birth in the coming days, so a paternity leave is likely. If that happens, manager Terry Collins said prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who is rehabbing a broken foot in the minors, could be promoted to fill in while Buck is gone for a few days.

John Buck back producing for Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Mets catcher John Buck drove in three runs during Thursday's 7-4 win against the Braves. He finished 2 for 5 with his 10th double.

Buck has managed six multi-hit games since July 5. He's batting .349 (15 for 43) with one home run, four doubles and 13 RBI in his last 11 games.


John Buck gets a rest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Mets catcher John Buck is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

Buck will be replaced by Anthony Recker, who will hit seventh against Tim Hudson. Buck is hitting .222/.290/.394 in 297 at-bats. 


John Buck sits after minor cramping issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Mets catcher John Buck battled through cramping late in Friday's game against the Phillies, and was out of the lineup Saturday to get some rest. Manager Terry Collins told MLB.com the move was strictly made as a precaution, and Buck will likely be back in the lineup Sunday.

"I'm a little leery sometimes, when the cramping starts. I make sure they have 24 hours, get some fluids in," Collins said. "That's why I decided to catch [Anthony] Recker. I'll catch John again tomorrow."

Buck has been heating up recently, hitting 11 for 30 over his last seven games, with nine RBI. 


Cramps could keep John Buck out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Mets catcher John Buck suffered cramping in the eighth inning of Friday's 13-8 loss to the Phillies, and it could keep him out of action Saturday, ESPN New York reports.

"It was just something on that one swing," Buck said after the game. "Felt it on defense that inning when I went to block the ball, a little slide."

Buck went 2 for 5 and hit his ninth double in the loss.


'Staying the course' paying off for John Buck


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) After several weeks of struggling offensively, Mets catcher John Buck is re-emerging at the plate. Buck produced two RBI Wednesday at San Francisco, extending his RBI streak to four games.

Buck is batting .333 (6 for 18) with one home run, two doubles and seven RBI in his last four games.

"The good thing is I didn’t realize [about the RBI streak]," Buck said jokingly, per the New York Post. "I’m obviously swinging at better pitches. I felt good, even last month. It was the baseball gods saying, ‘Stay the course because you are hitting the ball.’ Now I am getting some results which helps you kind of relax."

Buck got off to a promising start in 2013, batting .263 with a .611 slugging percentage, .905 OPS, 10 home runs and 29 RBI in his first 25 games. He then hit a major lull from May 5-July 4, batting .171 with a .244 slugging percentage, .501 OPS, three home runs and 10 RBI in 46 games.

"It is good to see Buck swinging the bat well again," reliever LaTroy Hawkins said. "I’m sure he is putting a lot of work in the cage to stay away from how he was feeling I guess the last month and a half."


John Buck goes yard vs. Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2013) Mets catcher John Buck enjoyed a productive night at the dish as he launched his 14th home run of the season Saturday night against the Brewers.

Buck took starter Yovani Gallardo deep for a solo home run in the fifth and slapped a two-run single in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 loss. It was his first multi-hit game since June 16.

Buck is hitting .240 (6 for 25) with two homers and seven RBI over his last seven games. He has a .210/.278/.390 slash line with 14 homers and 43 RBI in 267 at-bats.

John Buck ejected after strikeout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Mets catcher John Buck was ejected Thursday against the Diamondbacks for arguing a called third strike during a pinch-hit appearance in the 12th inning.

Buck hit nine homers through his first 23 games. He's hitting .186 with four homers and 14 RBI over his last 47 games. He has a .205/.271/.380 line in 158 at-bats.

John Buck sitting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Mets catcher John Buck is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday.

The move was expected, as manager Terry Collins told reporters Anthony Recker would start Tuesday. Buck has struggled recently, and is hitting .205/.271/.382 in 254 at-bats. 


John Buck not in danger of losing playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Mets catcher John Buck will not lose playing time despite his performance, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Manager Terry Collins said that Buck will sit during Tuesday's game, but that doesn't mean backup Anthony Recker will be the everyday guy. Collins added that he had not decided whether Recker was a candidate to play more.

Buck is hitting .205/.271/.382 in 254 at-bats. 


John Buck caps poor month with home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Mets catcher John Buck provided his team's only offense during a 13-2 loss to Washington Sunday. Buck hit a two-run homer off Ian Krol in the bottom of the ninth inning.

It was Buck's 14th home run and second in 10 games. Buck hit .167 (13 for 78) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in 21 June games.