The Mets’ first-string spot behind the plate belongs to James McCann, whom they signed to a four-year, $40.6MM contract in free agency. Tomas Nido is slated to begin the season as the club’s backup, but the 26-year-old has typically posted woeful offensive numbers. Patrick Mazeika, the other catcher on the Mets’ 40-man roster, is a 27-year-old who hasn’t played above Double-A ball to this point. The Mets also have vets Caleb Joseph and Bruce Maxwell on hand as non-roster invitees, though their track records in the majors pale in comparison to Flowers’.
Formerly a member of the White Sox and Braves, Flowers, 35, has mixed high-grade pitch-framing skills with passable offense over the past several seasons. He ended his five-year Braves tenure with a .251/.349/.408 batting line (good for a 102 wRC+) in 1,381 plate appearances, but he hit a less impressive .217/.325/.348 last year while playing second fiddle to ex-Met Travis d’Arnaud.