Suzuki signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Angels on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 37-year-old is nearing the end of his career, but he still appears to have another productive season or two left in his bat. Four of the top five seasons of his 14-year career (by wRC+) have come in the last four years, including a respectable .270/.349/.396 showing last season. He's been a poor defender for quite some time now, though, so he'll need to keep hitting if he's to carve out regular at-bats. He appears set to split time behind the plate with Max Stassi this season.
Suzuki isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies. Suzuki went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but he'll hit the bench once again for the series finale. Yan Gomes will start at catcher.
Suzuki will sit for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies. As usual, Suzuki won't be tasked with catching two games on one day. Yan Gomes starts the afternoon contest, but Suzuki will presumably get the nod in the nightcap.
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, walk and three RBI between both halves of the Nationals' doubleheader split with the Marlins on Sunday. Yan Gomes drew the start behind the dish in the Nationals' 2-1 loss in the early game, but Suzuki was summoned from the bench as a pinch hitter. While he didn't come through with a hit in the first game, Suzuki was one of several Washington hitters to catch fire in the team's 15-0 win in the nightcap. On the heels of his big day at the plate, Suzuki will start again in Monday's series opener versus the Phillies, but expect him and Gomes to split the catching workload relatively evenly during the final week of the regular season.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Saturday against the Marlins. Suzuki sits for the third time in the last four games and the sixth time in the last nine contests. Yan Gomes starts behind the plate in his absence.