“White Sox backup C Tyler Flowers is of some interest to the Mets,” the New York Post reports, according to a source.
The 26-year-old Flowers hit .213 with a .296 OBP, 7 HR, 6 doubles and 13 RBI in 136 at-bats last season for the White Sox. Flowers bats righty and hit .269 in 52 at bats against left-handed pitching.
He suffered a hairline fracture on his left hand at the end of the season, though his team has repeatedly said he will be ready for Spring Training.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’d take Flowers, no question, especially over free-agent C Miguel Olivo. Interestingly, Flowers and free-agent C Kelly Shoppach give similar production, which is why I still don’t believe that report from last week that suggested the Mets have more interest in Olivo than Shoppach. The thing is, I’ve heard other teams like Flowers a lot, as well, and his name came up often a year ago and at last year’s trade deadline.
The Sox like him too, though. The buzz in Chicago is that White Sox pitchers trust him and the organization is likely to increase his playing time next year whether free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski re-signs or not.
It’s worth noting that Flowers ended last season with a hairline fracture in his hand, and the team hasn’t said much in public about his status.