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Braves agree to contract extension for Tyler Flowers

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The Braves are set at catcher, at least partially, for at least next season.

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While the catching position for the Braves hasn’t been nearly as a prolific as it was in 2017, the pair of Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki have performed well for the team by and large. Flowers has shown a decent knack for getting on base, occasionally getting into a pitch here and there, and shows up well on catcher framing metrics. Both Suzuki and Flowers have managed the Braves’ young pitching staff well, so it is hard to complain much especially when one considers that they are not invested long term at the position.

With the Braves’ best catching prospect, William Contreras, still a couple years away from being in consideration for the job, the Braves were proactive in making sure they had at least one of Flowers and Suzuki in the fold for 2019.

It is worth mentioning that this is not a big money extension partially because Flowers does not play every day and also because he does have limited upside at the plate. The Braves will have to pair the elder statesman Flowers with another catcher (Suzuki could easily get signed to a small extension as well), but it is somewhat reassuring that the Braves will be set at the position for 2019.

In 2018, Tyler Flowers has slashed .225/.357/.335 with five homers and 20 RBI for the Braves.