Giants sign infielder Wilmer Flores to a two-year contract through 2021

February 12th, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have signed infielder Wilmer Flores to a two-year contract worth $6.25 million.

Flores will make $3 million in both 2020 and 2021. The contract also includes a club option for the 2022 season that would pay Flores $3.5 million. If the club does not exercise the option, Flores would be entitled to a $250,000 buyout. 

“The addition of Wilmer Flores gives us great flexibility with his ability to play across the infield,” President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi said. “Offensively, he matches up well against both right-handed and left-handed pitching and adds another bat to the mix that can help lengthen our lineup.” 

Flores, 28, spent the 2019 season with the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks and batted .317 with 18 doubles, nine home runs and 37 RBI in 285 plate appearances with Arizona and had a batting line of .337/.367/.615 over 109 plate appearances against left-handed pitching last year.

In August, Flores led all Major Leaguers with at least 50 plate appearances in average .451 (23-for-51), on-base percentage (.491), slugging percentage (.824) and OPS (1.314). From August 1 through the end of the year, Flores hit .368 (42-for-114), the fourth-best average in the Majors in that time.  

He was limited to 89 games last year due to a foot injury that sidelined him from May 20-July 18.

Flores played his first six seasons with the New York Mets and is a .268 career hitter with 245 runs scored, 114 doubles, two triples, 77 home runs and 290 RBI in 670 games. He has experience across the infield, starting 148 career games at shortstop, 133 at second, 128 at third and 115 at first base.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Flores, RHP Reyes Moronta has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.