Mets’ wallets still open, $6 million in backup outfielder

 The New York Mets are looking for a backup outfielder.

Major League Baseball’s official website said, “It is known that the Mets have signed a one-year, $6 million contract with veteran outfielder Tommy Pham (35), who was released as a free agent from the Boston Red Sox.”

Pham, who made his major league debut in 2014, continued his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, and last year with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston. He also played as a teammate with Oh Seung-hwan in 2016-2017, Choi Ji-man in 2018-2019, and Kim Ha-seong in 2021.

His career major league results are 767 hits (114 home runs), 363 RBIs, 504 runs scored, 97 stolen bases, and a batting average of 0.259 OPS in 876 games. From 2017 to 2019, he hit more than 20 home runs for three consecutive years, and in 2017 and 2019, he achieved 20 home runs -20 stolen bases. Of his active players, only 25 have more than 100 home runs -95 stolen bases in their careers.

When the Mets acquired Pham, they got an option for a fourth outfielder, including left fielder Mark Kanha, center fielder Brandon Nemo, and right fielder Starling Marte. The Mets signed with Pham after being interested in various offensive resources such as Andrew McCutchen and Adam Duvall.토토사이트

Pham performed better against left-handed pitchers (0.276 batting average) than against right-handed pitchers (0.254 batting average) in his major league career. Last year, as his batting average against left pitchers (0.273) was much better than his season batting average (0.236), he is highly likely to play for the Mets as a card against left pitchers.

As for the Mets, rich owner Steve Cohen is diligently opening his wallet this winter. They strengthened their starting lineup, including Justin Verlander (2 years, $86 million) and Senga Godai (5 years, $75 million), and signed a long-term contract with Nemo for a total of 162 million dollars over 7 years. He even offered 12 years and $315 million to infielder Carlos Correa.

Still, the Mets’ wallet isn’t closed yet. “If the Mets make any extra moves before spring training, it’ll be on the side of the bullpen,” said Wie Homepage Mets reporter Anthony DiComo.

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