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    Mets Sign Dilson Herrera To Minor League Deal


    by STEVE ADAMS
    29 Nov 2018 at 5:02 PM CDT

    The Mets announced that they’ve signed infielder Dilson Herrera to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.

    Herrera, 25 in March, was long considered one of the best prospects in the Mets organization after being acquired from the Pirates in a 2013 trade. He made his MLB debut with the organization at the age of 20 back in 2014 and saw MLB action with the Mets in 2015 as well, but a series of shoulder issues slowed his development. The Mets ultimately flipped Herrera to the Reds, alongside young lefty Max Wotell, in the trade that sent Jay Bruce to New York. Herrera spent two-plus seasons in the Cincinnati organization but appeared in just 53 games late in the 2018 campaign, posting a dismal .184/.268/.414 slash in 97 plate appearances.

    Though he was a seldom-used bench piece for the Reds after his call to the big leagues, Herrera did enjoy a solid season with their Triple-A affiliate in 2018. Through 50 games and 208 plate appearances, Herrera hit .297/.367/.467 with seven homers and 10 doubles.

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    It's funny how that works. There was a lot of thought around him being the 2B of the future, and giving him up for Bruce was too much. He has all the earmarks of a guy who will never make that skill jump to be a major league regular.

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    • #3
      i think its doubly ironic that it is happening at the same time we are shipping bruce out via trade. Has anyone seen them in the same place? Jay Herrera? Dilson Bruce?

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        Dilson Herrera Opts Out Of Mets Contract


        by CONNOR BYRNE
        2 Jul 2019 at 10:04 PM CDT

        Infielder Dilson Herrera has opted out of his minor league contract with the Mets, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Herrera had been with the team since late November.

        This ends Herrera’s second stint as a member of the Mets, who originally acquired him from the Pirates in a 2013 trade involving outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck. Herrera was a well-regarded prospect at the time who continued climbing up lists after the deal, but shoulder problems stunted his development and hastened his departure from the Mets. They traded Herrera to the Reds for outfielder Jay Bruce in August 2016, after the former had collected just 169 plate appearances in a New York uniform.

        Herrera was a member of the Cincinnati organization until rejoining the Mets last winter. He only collected 97 trips to the plate as a Red, all last season, and owns a .203/.293/.394 line with a 91 wRC+ and 11 home runs in 266 major league attempts. The 25-year-old has been much more productive in Triple-A ball, where he has slashed .285/.350/.477 with 57 HRs in 1,561 attempts. Herrera added 17 of those homers this year as a member of the the Mets’ top affiliate in Syracuse and batted .258/.355/.566 (126 wRC+) in 256 PA.

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        • #5
          He seems like the type of player that could have success in the Japanese League, whereas here he's basically a AAAA 2nd baseman

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          • #6
            His lack of defense hurts him as does his low OBP. Sure he's found some power but at what cost? It would've been a great story with him coming back but it just wasn't meant to be.

            I agree with Saxon, the Japanese league seems like a good fit. He can make some money and maybe work on fundamentals enough to have a shot in the majors in a year or two.

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            • saxon
              saxon commented
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              other than the non-walking issue, he fit right in with the Sandy Alderson way of thinking: decent pop one dimensional player that is defensively lacking

            • Thomasam
              Thomasam commented
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              Yeah the lack of focus on defense has never fit in this this park and pitching staff.

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            SEE IT: Mets' Dilson Herrera Flashes Glove at Minor League All-Star Game

            Second baseman's defense shined in Triple-A contest


            by NICK WOJTON
            11 Jul 2019, 9:09 PM ET

            Dilson Herrera let his glove do the talking at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday.

            The New York Mets' prospect produced one of the game's best outings thanks to his defense.

            In the top of the fifth inning, Herrera made a diving play at second base moving from his left to his right shortly after entering the game:

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            For his efforts, Herrera, 25, received notoriety from MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis, who named Herrera one of seven "standouts" following the game.

            "Even when Herrera ranked among the best second-base prospects in baseball, scouts never thought much of his defense. But he made two nifty plays immediately after entering the game in the fifth inning," Callis explained, adding that Herrera's other defensive play was to his right, leading to a force out at second base.

            In the Triple-A showcase, the Pacific Coast League defeated the International League, where Herrera and the Syracuse Mets reside, 9-3.

            The latest news on Herrera comes on the heels of an interesting few weeks for him.

            On July 3, Herrera opted out of his contract. By July 6, he was back.

            Herrera later told Syracuse.com that he was "trying to find an opportunity to play in the big league, but I'm back."

            Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Herrera only received minor-league offers as a free agent. When Herrera opted out of his deal, he ranked seventh in the IL with 17 home runs and fifth in slugging (.587).

            Returning to the Mets organization again this month is Hererra's third time joining the club. In August 2013, the Mets landed Herrera via trade with the Pirates. He only saw brief playing time in the majors in 2014 and 2015 with the Mets. Then New York then traded Herrera to the Reds when the team acquired Jay Bruce in August 2016.

            This past November, Herrera returned to the Mets on the minor-league contract he recently opted out of, only to once again return to the team.

            In 102 career MLB games between the Mets and Reds, Herrera has 11 homes, 28 RBI and has a .203 batting average.


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