The Braves have signed Tyler Flowers to a minor league contract, according to a report from MiLB Transactions. The team has not yet announced or confirmed the signing.
Flowers, 35, was working within the Braves’ front office to begin the season after he was unable to find work during the winter. The Braves elected to roll with Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Jackson as their two catchers, but after d’Arnaud suffered a serious thumb injury and Jackson pulled a hamstring, the club suddenly had a void at catcher. Thankfully, it appears William Contreras will be able to handle daily catching duties, but with career journeyman Jeff Mathis currently serving as the backup, it made sense to reunite with Flowers.
Flowers spent the last five seasons with the Braves. While his offensive production has steadily declined as he reaches his mid-30s, he still managed to post a respectable 86 wRC+ in 80 plate appearances last summer (0.4 WAR) and 87 wRC+ across 310 plate appearances in 2019 (2.1 WAR). Flowers has been often praised for his outstanding work with the pitching staff before games while outlining game plans and how they would attack hitters. With all due respect to Mathis, Flowers is likely an improvement both on and off the field.
Don’t be surprised if Flowers joins the big league club in the next few weeks. He will likely spend some time at the alternate site and with Triple-A Gwinnett to get his legs underneath him before the team contemplates a roster move.