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Braves sign Tyler Flowers to 2-year, $5.3 million deal

The backstop heads to Atlanta on a 2-year deal.

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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 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.

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.