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Jul 1, 2020 5:00 AM ET

Free agent Cabrera signs with Mets

iCrowd Newswire - Jul 1, 2020


Former Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera has found a new home, signing a minor league deal Monday with the Mets. He will be added to the team’s 2020 player pool.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Cabrera was one of three players from outside the organization brought in Monday by the Mets. Right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland, who was released in March by the Nationals, and former White Sox and Tigers infielder Gordon Beckham also were added.

He is a .285/.334/.417 hitter over the course of his career, and he helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009. Cabrera also was the All-Star Game MVP in 2012, the same year he was suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. That season, he batted .346 with a .906 OPS.

If he makes the Mets roster, Cabrera, who struck out at only a 10.3 percent clip in 2019, could be used as a designated hitter. He has not batted below .273 in the past decade.

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