The White Sox avoided arbitration and signed catcher Tyler Flowers to a one-year contract on Monday night.
Flowers could have earned up to $1 million (per mlbtraderumors.com) had he gone to arbitration but will receive $950,000 next season.
Given his first chance to start in 2013, Flowers struggled at the plate and finished the season with a .195/.247/.355 line with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 275 plate appearances. But how Flowers and rookie Josh Phegley, who took over as the starter in July, handle the pitching staff isn’t a problem for the coaching staff or the front office. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said last month the club hardly believes either reached their potential last season.
“In Tyler’s defense, there was a bit of an injury issues that may well have factored in to his performance and in Josh’s defense it was his first exposure to the big leagues, and obviously the league adjusted to him fairly quickly and he was unable to adjust back, so you’re hesitant to write either guy off and given the upside that we have seen in the past,” Hahn said. “That said, this is the big leagues and eventually you run out of opportunities. I know we believe they’re both capable of reaching their upside. As to precisely what role and how many at-bats they’re going to get in 2014 to prove us right about that upside, that’s still to be determined.”