Flowers is still signed by the Braves to a $6 million team option, unless they want to exercise their $2 million buyout. With Brian McCann announcing his retirement, Atlanta may want to keep him around, but that’s hardly a lock.
If the Atlanta Braves do part ways with Flowers, he’d be a solid choice for the Miami Marlins to spell Alfaro every four or five days. Already an 11-season veteran, he hit .254 in four seasons for the Braves. True, he strikes out over a third of the time, but he’s also good for an occasional long shot. He accounted for 11 in 85 games in 2019, and has a total of 85 over his career, with the Braves and earlier with the Chicago White Sox.
On the other hand, Flowers led the majors with 16 passed balls last season. That’s 16 times as many as Holaday had. He’s also under the league average in caught stealing percentage with some consistency – nabbing 23 percent of baserunners through his career. Still, he’s worth 67 runs in total behind the plate, or 13 runs per 1200 innings, according to baseball reference.