Braves: Tyler Flowers agrees to a minor-league deal

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In the wake of Alex Jackson and Travis d’Arnaud hitting the IL, a familiar face is back with the Braves.

Flowers was originally brought to Atlanta in 2016 for his pitch-framing and defensive ability, and a lot of young pitchers flourished during his time with the Braves. 2017 was easily his best year at the plate, posting a .823 OPS. However, Flowers saw his OPS dip to .673 in 2020 and went unsigned this offseason. Even though he has a 1.200 OPS in ten at-bats in 2021, William Contreras could be replaced by Flowers once he gets a few cuts in the minors to warm up.

However, if Contreras continues to play like this, Flowers could replace Jeff Mathis or Alex Jackson whenever he returns. d’Arnaud will likely be out a few months, so it makes sense for the Braves to bring in a guy with familiarity with the staff. Flowers should serve as a decent band-aid, but we likely won’t see him until he gets some action in AAA after missing Spring Training.

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