Mets fan-favorite Wilmer Flores continues to flourish away from Flushing
Former New York Mets infielder and fan-favorite Wilmer Flores has put together some solid numbers since leaving the Big Apple. Let’s check in on him and see how well he actually is doing.
This upcoming offseason will mark two years since the New York Mets decided to part ways with Wilmer Flores and ultimately choose to sign Jed Lowrie as his replacement (sorry for the reminder). Flores ended up signing a one year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a team option for a second year.
The Diamondbacks declined the second year of his contract and he ended up signing a two year deal with a club option for a third year with the Giants.
Flores’ first-year outside of Flushing was unfortunately cut short due to injury, but he was putting up great numbers when he was on the field in Arizona. In 89 games and 285 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, he slashed .317/.361/.487/.848 with 9 long balls and 37 runs driven in. He was primarily playing second base having played 64 games there with the remaining games being played at first base.
The Giants look awfully smart right now for signing Flores after the Diamondbacks declined their option for 2020. Flores has helped them with his bat and his defensive versatility. Although Flores will not make spectacular plays with his glove, he is able to play multiple positions need be. He has appeared in games at first base, second base, and third base this season for the Giants.
Through 37 games and 148 plate appearances for the Giants, Flores is slashing .299/.345/.533/.877. He has also clobbered 8 home runs while driving in 21 runs and scoring 22 times. It was never a secret that Flores could hit, so seeing him put up these numbers should not come as a surprise to most.
It appears that the Giants stole Flores as they are only paying him $3 million for this season and another 3 million for 2021 with a team option for $3.5 million in 2022. Flores’ career averages for a 162 game season have him slashing .270/.312/.438/.750 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI.
Paying a man $3 million a year for those numbers is a steal if you ask me. If Flores keeps up that pace he could earn a nice raise in free agency when he gets back there.
Seeing Flores finally hit his stride is nice to see despite him not rocking the orange and blue anymore. It was no secret that he could hit as he always raked in the minors and was known for his bat, not to mention he did hit pretty well in the time he was given for the Mets. All Flores needed was a chance to play every day and get regular at-bats which he has gotten outside of New York.
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Even though he is not with the Mets anymore it is hard to not root for him. Hopefully he keeps up his pace and can earn a nice payday.