Flowers and Braves complete $5.3M, 2-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) - Catcher Tyler Flowers and the Atlanta Braves have completed a $5.3 million, two-year contract, a deal agreed to last week at the winter meetings.

Flowers will earn $2 million next year and $3 million in 2017 under Wednesday's agreement, which includes a $4 million club option for 2017 with a $300,000 buyout.

The 29-year-old hit .239 with nine homers and 39 RBIs this year, his seventh season with the White Sox. Chicago failed to offer a 2016 contract.

He is expected to share time with A.J. Pierzynski.

Flowers can earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses annually for games started at catcher: $50,000 each for 55 and 60; $100,000 apiece for 65, 70, 75, 80, 85 and 90; $150,000 for 95 and 100; and $250,000 for 110 and 120.

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