Venezuela's Wilmer Flores re-signs with the San Francisco Giants
Flores will be a staple in the San Francisco lineup for two more years.
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Venezuelan infielder Wilmer Flores agreed to a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco Giants, with an option for 2025. The announcement of the deal was made earlier this week.
According to the club, Flores will earn $6.5 million each of the next two seasons and has a $3.5 million player option for 2025.
"It was a no-brainer," Flores said after the announcement via a video posted on the team's official account. "From day one, I've loved the culture here and the way they treat me," referring to his time in San Francisco.
Wilmer loves playing in San Francisco 💯 pic.twitter.com/IMw81yPQ63— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) September 13, 2022
Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi said it was an easy decision to bring Flores back. The 31-year-old entered Monday leading the team in games played (132), plate appearances (523) and RBIs (65), while ranking second in home runs (18) and third in OPS (.733).
Zaidi mentioned that "five or six" teams expressed interest in the Venezuelan heading into the season's trade deadline, but the Giants decided to retain him for the future. In this regard, Flores said he "appreciated the vote of confidence."
In 2020, Flores hit 12 home runs in the shortened season and produced a .268/.315/.515 batting line. That production was 19% above league average, as evidenced by his 119 wRC+. The following year he improved with 18 home runs and a line of .262/.335/.447 line, 112 wRC+.