NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Braves are in agreement with catcher Tyler Flowers on a 2-year, $5.3 million deal, as first reported by Scott Merkin of MLB.com and Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Flowers can earn up to $3 million in incentives over the course of the deal, which includes a $4 million option for 2018.
Flowers will receive $2 million in 2016, $3 M in 2017 with $4 M option in 2018 with $300,00 buyout to go along with $4.5M in incentives— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2015
Atlanta has been the team most linked to Flowers since he was non-tendered by the White Sox last week, though the Yankees and Rays also showed serious interest. Atlanta already re-signed A.J. Pierzynski this winter, so Flowers will likely split time with the veteran behind the plate.
Flowers has spent his entire career with the White Sox, hitting .223/.289/.376 in seven major-league seasons. He has appeared in more than 110 games in each of the last two seasons and may be a mid-season trade candidate as Atlanta looks to stockpile veterans as part of its rebuilding process.