For now at least, Tyler Flowers isn't a starter in the majors, which is good news for Fantasy owners because, well, he's kind of bad. OK, so he did hit 15 home runs two years ago -- that counts for something -- but when that's the only thing you offer, you have to offer it more than once every blue moon. Flowers strikes out too often to hit even .250, and again, he's not projected to start. Because the man ahead of him in Atlanta, though, is 39-year-old A.J. Pierzynski, you shouldn't completely ignore Flowers in NL-only leagues. He is at least a viable No. 2 catcher in that format.
Flowers (knee) agreed to a two-year contract with the Braves on Tuesday, pending a physical, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. The White Sox non-tendered Flowers after a two-year audition in the primary role, bringing in Alex Avila to take over behind the dish. Flowers has found a new home in Atlanta, where he will likely be deployed in some sort of timeshare with 38-year-old A.J. Pierzynski, allowing Christian Bethancourt (knee) to continue his development in the minors.
The White Sox declined to tender Flowers a contract for 2016, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Alex Avila's signing last week was the writing on the wall, and the team officially cut bait with Flowers on Wednesday by non-tendering him. Flowers played for the White Sox in each of the past seven seasons, batting a combined .223/.289/.376 with 46 homers and 142 RBI.
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers will undergo surgery after the season to repair cartilage in his right knee, CBS Chicago reports. The report did not indicate anything about Flowers' availability for the remainder of the season, so he should be behind the plate for most of the team's final few games against the Royals. Flowers will presumably have enough time to recover from the surgery to reclaim his spot atop the White Sox's catching depth chart in 2016, assuming the club does not opt to acquire a more offensively-adept backstop.
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers was perfect on Wednesday, going 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to the Royals .It's surprising to see a .236 hitter go 4 for 4, but Flowers has that sort of potential. There has always been flashes of brilliance for Flowers, but he's yet to maintain that form for more than a few games. He's worth keeping an eye on for two-catcher leagues, but outside of that his Fantasy value is minimal.
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday against the Indians. Flowers has seen most of the action at catcher for the White Sox in the second half, but manager Robin Ventura has been divvying up the playing time rather liberally between Flowers, Geovany Soto, and Rob Brantly, the latter of whom will start Saturday. With Flowers' batting average (.241 to .228) and OBP (.297 to .285) already tailing off this season from their unimpressive 2014 levels, it's possible the White Sox will look to replace him as the primary catcher during the offseason.