Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in
By Reuben Gasee
Tyler Flowers has spent the past five years with the Atlanta Braves, but with former Blue Jays top prospect Travis d’Arnaud supplanting himself as the starter and William Contreras ready to play in the big leagues, there may not be room for him there any more.
As his options are likely either play on a major league deal for a terrible, rebuilding team or sign a minor league deal with a contender, why not choose the latter and sign with the Blue Jays? He’ll be 35 for the 2021 season and has never won a World Series ring.
Last season with the Braves, he played in 22 games slashing .217/.325/.348. You can’t ask for too much more from a veteran catcher whose playing days are nearing an end.
In his 12 year major league career, which he’s spent with the Chicago White Sox and Braves, he’s slashed .237/.319/.391.
His offensive numbers may not be great, but it’s his defence that’s his calling card. In his career, he’s never posted a fielding percentage below .990 behind the plate and this year, he made only one error. He has a career fielding percentage of .994.
When it comes to catchers, defence is what really matters as teams value how they can play behind the plate rather than how they can hit. If they can hit, that’s seen as a bonus, especially with a back-up catcher.
If Flowers were to get the call to the big leagues for the Blue Jays, he can just bat 9th in the lineup while providing solid defence.