Under normal circumstances, a team inking a platoon catcher (at best) to a 1-year, $950,000 contract wouldn’t be headline news, but the White Sox and Tyler Flowers agreeing to terms on such a deal is actually quite interesting.
White Sox agreed to terms with Tyler Flowers on a one-year deal for $950,000.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 3, 2013
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to the 1-year deal, but the fact that the New York Mets were linked to Flowers just yesterday brings an interesting side to this move. Because of that reported interest, many assumed that Flowers was all but gone from Chicago, but when you can lock a player with starting experience down for under a million dollars, it’s tough to fault that decision.
In 2013, Flowers struggled mightily (.195 batting average, .247 on-base percentage), but the fact that he was once a good prospect combined with his relatively young age at 27 makes him a decent investment for the money. I wouldn’t project him as anything more than a player who should be sharing the role, and to be honest, he’s probably a career backup. However, backup catchers with power (which Flowers definitely has) are worthy of $1 million per season, and that’s what he got here.