This news is somewhat odd, as it comes after the Rays traded for Hank Conger, after they tendered a contract for Rene Rivera, and after they kept Luke Maile on the 40-man roster (over Joey Butler, who was just claimed by Cleveland). And oh right, Curt Casali is in the mix as well, and he hit ten home runs in just over 200 plate appearances last season.
Flowers will be 30 next season, and over the course of his career, mostly in a backup roll, he's hit for a .223/.289/.376 slash line that is 17% below average.
So why might the Rays want Flowers? Well, he's been a good pitch framer, especially recently.
We wrote about him five days ago, and said he was a potential Rays free-agent target:
Drew wrote this after the Rays acquired Conger, but noted that the acquisition didn't necessarily mean that the Rays were done:
As of right now, the team will seemingly either go with a tandem of Conger and Casali or Conger and Rivera. The latter might actually make sense as the Rays could send Casali back to Triple-A to be a quality third option rather than getting rid of Rivera and relying on Luke Maile as the first in line in the event of an injury.
Flowers could still represent an upgrade in that situation as the team could ink him and put him in a tandem with Conger while releasing Rivera and putting Casali at Triple-A.
Of course, if the Rays really are making a play for Tyler Flowers, it could mean that they've found interest at the winter meetings in the defensively-excellent Rivera, and that he could be a part of a trade yet to come.
I don't know. I've got no inside info. All that I do know is that we told you so.