Tucker agreed Wednesday with Atlanta on a minor-league deal, Double-A Mississippi broadcaster Chris Harris reports. After three seasons abroad with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, Tucker will continue his career stateside in 2022, rejoining one of the three MLB organizations he previously called home. Tucker, who had two separate stints with Atlanta in 2018, owns a .684 OPS across 651 plate appearances in parts of three seasons in the majors. The 31-year-old outfielder was one of the KBO's star hitters in his first two years with Kia, but after a major downturn in performance in 2021, he'll likely have to prove his worth at Triple-A Gwinnett before Atlanta entertains calling him up to the big club.
Tucker re-signed Tuesday with the Korea Baseball Organization's Kia Tigers on a one-year, $1.05 million contract, Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports. Tucker returns to the Tigers for a third season after he hit .306 to go with 32 home runs, 113 RBI and 100 runs in 2020. The 30-year-old could revisit a return to North America next winter, but he would most likely have to settle for a minor-league contract even if he's able to turn in another strong season abroad in 2021.
Tucker will sign a contract with the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports. Tucker signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox in February and spent the first part of the 2019 season at Triple-A Charlotte. The 28-year-old has a career .222/.281/.403 major-league slash line over parts of three seasons with the Astros, Reds and Braves.
Tucker agreed Saturday with the White Sox on a minor-league contract, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Tucker was able to win an outfield gig with the Braves last spring but struggled to produce and was later traded to the Reds before being dealt back to Atlanta again. Between the two organizations in 2018, Tucker slashed .229/.299/.404 across 184 plate appearances. His deal with the White Sox will afford him the opportunity to compete for a reserve job with the big club during spring training, though it's more likely than not that Tucker will be headed to Triple-A Charlotte when camp draws to a close.
Tucker was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. Tucker was cast off the 40-man roster in order to presumably make room for younger prospects that the Braves will protect this offseason. The 28-year-old played in 97 games split between Atlanta and Cincinnati this past year, slashing .229/.299/.404 with six home runs and 27 RBI.
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