The Dodgers have added a veteran catcher to the roster; signing Jesus Flores to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post broke the news of the 28 year old’s intent to leave the Washington Nationals for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Flores is a career .241/.289/.375 hitter with 23 home runs and 127 RBIs in five major league seasons with the Nationals.
Most recently he hit .213/.248/.329 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 83 games last season.
He gets a spring training invite to try and compete for the backup spot alongside Tim Federowicz, but otherwise is looking at becoming the Dodgers’ insurance policy should anything happen to A.J. Ellis.
Despite throwing out 25 percent of would-be basestealers in his career, Flores was only able to stop 15 percent in 2012, a number that has decreased over the last three seasons.
This is due to a surgery that Flores underwent in 2010 to repair a SLAP tear of labrum.
It has caused him to miss 178 games.
But that’s not the only thing the problematic shoulder has suffered from. The year prior, Flores missed 105 games due to a stress fracture to the acromion.
Basically, in 2009 it was minor; the following year it was major.
That said, the numbers don’t necessarily lie in Flores’s favor, but weirder things have happened.