Braves OF Markakis, C Flowers sign 1-year deals

Braves OF Markakis, C Flowers sign 1-year deals

Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Tyler Flowers signed one-year contracts Monday after the Braves declined both players’ team options for the 2020 season, the club announced.

The one-year deals are each for $4 million in 2020. The declined options were $6 million for both players.

In his fifth season with the Braves, Markakis, 35, batted .285 with nine home runs and 62 RBI in 2019 despite missing 46 games because of injury. He signed a four-year contract with Atlanta in 2015, and agreed to a one-year deal with a team option last offseason.

Flowers, 33, received the same deal from the Braves. The backup catcher batted .229 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 85 games last season. He signed a two-year contract with the Braves in December 2015, then agreed in August 2018 to a one-year extension with a club option for 2020.

In other moves Monday, the Braves declined right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran’s $12 million team option for 2020; declined a $7.5 million mutual option for outfielder Billy Hamilton; and tendered third baseman Josh Donaldson a $17.8 million qualifying offer. The offer to Donaldson will provide Atlanta with draft pick compensation should he sign with another team.

Donaldson, 33, a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award at third base, batted .259 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI in 155 games. He earned $23 million in 2019.

Teheran, 28, who had spent all nine major league seasons with the Braves, compiled a 10-11 record with a 3.81 ERA in 174 2/3 innings over 33 starts last season. His career record is 77-73, with a 3.67 ERA in 229 games (226 starts).

Hamilton, 29, played in 26 games for the Braves last season after he was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in August. He batted .268 with four stolen bases.

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