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Mets rumors: Tyler Flowers could be target if non-tendered by White Sox tonight


By on 12/02/2013 02:30:00 PM

With tonight's non-tender deadline looming, the New York Mets are keeping a close eye on the Chicago White Sox and what they decide to do with catcher Tyler Flowers. The 27-year-old has been named by Mike Puma of the New York Post as a potential Mets target if the White Sox do not tender him a contract, which they must do by 10:59PM CT if they want to avoid losing him to other teams.

Puma alludes to the Mets' number one catcher in the highly-rated Travis d'Arnaud, who made his big-league debut in 2013 after coming to New York in the R.A. Dickey trade. Still just 24, d'Arnaud has been a favourite on prospect lists for many years, including coming in at sixth on MLB.com's rankings prior to the 2013 season, but has also battled a number of injuries and there has been particular concern over his back. A herniated disc forced him to miss a significant portion of the 2010 season and he also sat out for a couple of months with a knee ligament problem in 2012, as well as missing several months this year with a fractured foot.

Flowers has not shown a great deal of promise as a major leaguer thus far, hitting just .200/.279/.372 over his 592 plate appearances. He does at least have decent power - 23 doubles and 22 home runs in that time - and grades out as a slightly above-average defensive catcher so far. The 27-year-old told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he thinks the chances of him being offered a deal are just above 50%:

"I put it at 51-49 in favor of staying because of the contractual conversation we've had before," Flowers said. "They've reached out to me to try to see where each other is at. If they didn't care at all, they would have done nothing and non-tendered me. The respect is there no matter what happens."

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