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    Mets Sign Gregor Blanco

    by JEFF TODD
    21 Dec 2018 at 6:40 PM CDT

    The Mets have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco, as Jon Heyman of Fancred tweeted and the club has now announced. It’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

    Soon to turn 35, Blanco has seen his MLB opportunities dwindle along with his output at the plate over the past several seasons. He’s a 93 wRC+ hitter in 3,349 career plate appearances at the game’s highest level, but that largely reflects his quality earlier seasons as a heavily-used player with the Giants.

    Last year, in a return to San Francisco, Blanco managed only a .217/.262/.317 slash in 203 plate appearances. Worryingly, his walk rate plunged to nearly half his career level (5.9% vs. 10.8%) and his strikeout rate soared to a career-worst 28.6%.

    Still, it’s possible there’s something left for a player who has been a positive contributor for most of his decade-long MLB career. Blanco follows Rajai Davis as a center-field-capable veteran who’ll take a non-roster opportunity with the New York organization. Perhaps the club is indicating that it has real interest in carrying such a player on the active roster to open the season. Whether or not the Mets trade Juan Lagares, there could be an opening on the bench with Yoenis Cespedes expected to be sidelined well into the 2019 campaign.

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  • #2
    At least we skewed younger with this signing.

    Davis is 38, Blanco is 35...


    • #3
      Both non roster experienced disposable OFs. Currently, the Mets have 4 OFs on the 40 - Cespedes (60 day DL), Nimmo, Conforto, Lagares, Add to that 2 other non-40 OFs on the AAA roster Kevin Kaczmarski & Braxton Lee.

      Even with the addition of another OF, the Mets still need to fill one other roster spot until Cespedes returns. Both Davis & Blanco offer speed and defense at a reasonable cost.


      • saxon
        saxon commented
        Editing a comment
        plus by both of them being somewhat speedy/defensive guys, you can afford to give a d'Arnaud/McNeil a start in LF...and then do a defensive/PR substitution to sure up the defense later in the game...and McNel could then replace someone like Frazier/Cano in the infield and d'Arnaud could go behind the plate