Suzuki agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The deal is pending a physical. Suzuki will likely open the year as the primary backstop for Washington. He's been one of the better offensive catchers over the past two seasons despite his shared role with Tyler Flowers, posting a 116 wRC+ during that stretch -- the fourth best mark among catchers over that period.
Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals. With starts in only three of the Braves' last eight games, Suzuki has drawn the short end of the timeshare behind the plate with Tyler Flowers. It's somewhat of a surprising development with Suzuki slashing .333/.382/.700 in September, but manager Brian Snitker seems unlikely to dramatically increase Suzuki's workload anytime soon with Flowers also performing well of late.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Monday against the Cardinals. Suzuki will miss back-to-back games for the first time in over two weeks. Tyler Flowers will make another start behind the plate.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Sports Radio 680 The Fan reports. Suzuki went 1-for-3 in Saturday's contest and has a 1.033 OPS in 41 plate appearances over the past 21 games, but he'll get his second day off of the series Sunday. Tyler Flowers will replace him behind the plate.
Suzuki is out of the lineup against Washington on Friday. Suzuki will receive a standard day off after going 0-for-4 during Wednesday's series finale in San Francisco. Tyler Flowers will set up behind the plate and bat seventh in his place.