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Mets Sign Veteran Outfielder Melky Cabrera

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Mets Sign Veteran Outfielder Melky Cabrera
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The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera. The 35-year-old outfielder will battle for a spot on the roster during training camp.

Cabrera has spent the last 15 years in the MLB. He has played for eight different organization over the course of his career. It’ll be interesting to see what he brings to the table for the Mets.

Can Cabrera Contribute For Mets?

The Mets brought in Melky Cabrera along with four other players earlier this week. These are minor-league deals, so none of these players are guaranteed spots on the roster. However, Cabrera is by far the most experienced and accomplished out of the bunch.

Last season, Cabrera hit .280/.313/.399 with seven home runs and 47 RBI through 133 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cabrera has been reliable with his bat throughout his career, which is why he continues to get jobs in the big leagues. He is not expected to have as large of a role on the Mets.

Mets manager Luis Rojas mentioned that Melky Cabrera will work out at first base in addition to the outfield. The Mets don’t exactly need help at first base, but extra depth has never hurt anyone. Cabrera has never played anything other than the outfield before, but it sounds like he is open to the idea.

As of right now, the Mets are fairly crowded in the outfield. However, they will get a designated hitter for the 2020 season, which should help. This gives the Mets a chance to put someone like Yoenis Cespedes at DH and opens up a spot in the outfield for a player like Cabrera.

The Mets also brought in reliever Hunter Strickland, infielder Gordon Beckham, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and outfielder Ryan Cordell. None of these players are guaranteed a spot on the roster, but will battle it out during camp.

Cabrera sounds like the safest bet out of the bunch to make the roster. He has plenty of experience and getting practice at first base will help his chances. He is not the same player that made the All-Star team in 2012. However, Melky Cabrera is a reliable bat and a nice insurance policy for the Mets.