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Braves sign Tyler Flowers to a contract extension

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Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have signed Tyler Flowers to a one-year contract extension.

Flowers, who would otherwise become a free agent this offseason, will make a base salary of $4 million with a $6 million club option for 2020. That option has a $2 million buyout, making it a $6 million guarantee for the Braves’ backup catcher. And though, yes, technically a backup, Flowers is closer to having the junior portion of a job-sharing agreement with Kurt Suzuki anyway, with Flowers having 230 plate appearances to Suzuki’s 321 in 2018.

Flowers, who is considered one of the better pitch-framers in the game, has done well at the plate in this three seasons with the Braves, hitting a combined .264/.365/.409 (OPS+ of 107) in 925 plate appearances. Now he’ll get at least one more season and possibly two in Atlanta.

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: