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Mets sign infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a Minor League contract

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

The 6-0, 195-pounder hit .247 with 11 doubles, six homers and 31 RBI in 94 combined games with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and the Yankees in 2018.

Overall, he's hit .254 with 101 doubles, 35 triples, 28 homers and 238 RBI in 811 major league games.

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Mets sign INF Danny Espinosa to a Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Espinosa, 31, has played parts of eight years in the majors with the Nationals, Rays, Angels and Mariners. He's hit 98 homers, driven in 316 runs, swiped 64 bases and scored 367 runs in 872 major league games. 

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Espinosa, 31, has played parts of eight years in the majors with the Nationals, Rays, Angels and Mariners. He's hit 98 homers, driven in 316 runs, swiped 64 bases and scored 367 runs in 872 major league games. 

The 6-0, 205-pound switch-hitter had a career-high 24 home runs and 72 RBI in 2016 with Washington. He played for three different organizations (Philadelphia, Los Angeles-NL and Toronto) in 2018, all at the Triple-A level.

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Mets sign catcher Devin Mesoraco to a Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed catcher Devin Mesoraco to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

"Devin is greatly respected among our pitching staff and is extremely well prepared," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We are hopeful he can contribute in 2019."

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed catcher Devin Mesoraco to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

"Devin is greatly respected among our pitching staff and is extremely well prepared," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We are hopeful he can contribute in 2019."

Mesoraco, 30, has appeared in 468 major league games across eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and the Mets. He began the 2018 season with the Reds, before being acquired by the Mets in exchange for RHP Matt Harvey on May 8. Overall, in 84 games last year Mesoraco hit .221/.303/.398 with 24 runs, 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 25 walks. 

Mesoraco was a 2014 NL All-Star after hitting 25 homers and driving in 80 runs for the Reds.

Mesoraco owns a .232/.309/.406 career slash line with 152 runs, 66 doubles, two triples, 58 homers, 192 RBI and 138 walks. He has thrown out 24% (72-for-300) of runners attempting to steal. 

The right-handed hitting catcher was originally drafted by Cincinnati in the first round (15th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania.

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Mets sign LHP Justin Wilson

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed LHP Justin Wilson to a two-year contract. To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder Gavin Cecchini for assignment.

Wilson, 31, stranded 34 of 37 inherited runners with the Chicago Cubs last season, the best rate in the National League and the second-best percentage (91.9%) in the Majors. He has made 346 appearances since 2014, the second-most among left-handed pitchers.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed LHP Justin Wilson to a two-year contract. To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder Gavin Cecchini for assignment.

Wilson, 31, stranded 34 of 37 inherited runners with the Chicago Cubs last season, the best rate in the National League and the second-best percentage (91.9%) in the Majors. He has made 346 appearances since 2014, the second-most among left-handed pitchers.

"Justin has had tremendous success vs. left-handers and right-handers," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's a power arm and makes our bullpen much deeper."

He held left-handed batters to a .190 (15-79) average and a .342 slugging mark last year. The 6-2, 205-pounder racked up 69 strikeouts in 54.2 innings over 71 games in 2018.

Wilson has held left-handers to a .241 (116-481) career batting average and right-handers to a .211 (188-889) mark.

He went 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA (21 earned runs/61.0 innings) and 66 strikeouts in 74 games with the Yankees in 2015. The Anaheim, CA native collected a career-high 13 saves in 2017 with Detroit.

Wilson is 26-19 with 14 saves, 110 holds, 407 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA (137 earned runs/370.2 innings) in 412 Major League games with the Pirates, Yankees, Tigers and Cubs.

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The Color Run plans to make its mark in 2019

World's largest event series returns to Citi Field for the 6th year running

For nearly ten years, The Color Run events have attracted record numbers of first-time runners. "It means a lot to our team when someone tells us they ran their first 5Kat The Color Run," said product manager Amanda Hewlett. "We're always striving to be as inclusive and positive as possible. We want our events to be a place where everyone can feel accepted and celebrated."

Now, the "Happiest 5K on the Planet" wants to do even more to make sure their events leave a positive impact. On their 2019 Love Tour, The Color Run is encouraging people to show love for themselves, love for each other, and love for the planet. This includes focusing on self-care and body positivity in their messaging, partnering with local charities, and opting for reusable products and recycling opportunities at each event. The Color Run New York will benefit Back on My Feet New York, helping to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.

For nearly ten years, The Color Run events have attracted record numbers of first-time runners. "It means a lot to our team when someone tells us they ran their first 5Kat The Color Run," said product manager Amanda Hewlett. "We're always striving to be as inclusive and positive as possible. We want our events to be a place where everyone can feel accepted and celebrated."

Now, the "Happiest 5K on the Planet" wants to do even more to make sure their events leave a positive impact. On their 2019 Love Tour, The Color Run is encouraging people to show love for themselves, love for each other, and love for the planet. This includes focusing on self-care and body positivity in their messaging, partnering with local charities, and opting for reusable products and recycling opportunities at each event. The Color Run New York will benefit Back on My Feet New York, helping to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.

"The Love Tour definitely has a special feel to it," said Chad Evans, The Color Run event director. "Every Color Runner is going to leave the event feeling like they were just a part of something extraordinary."

With a colorful, 1970s inspired aesthetic, new photo ops, and redesigned merchandise, The Color Run has a significantly new look as well. The 2019 racecourse features two new "double color" zones, in addition to the regular checkpoints, where runners are doused in color powder during their run. This will be The Color Run's sixth year at Citi Field, where Color Runners will have the opportunity to run through
the ballpark.

After the race, runners can explore a reimagined Finish Festival, featuring a live DJ and massive color throws every few minutes. The Finish Festival also features samples from select sponsors, including RumHaven coconut rum liqueur for adult runners.

The Color Run is thrilled to announce a partnership with RumHaven as the official sponsor of 2019. Made with real coconut water, pure cane sugar and natural flavors, RumHaven provides a refreshing taste you can feel good about.

Registration for The Color Run Love Tour in New York is now open and will stay open until the start of the run. To register or find more information, visit thecolorrun.com/locations/new-york.

Event: The Color Run Love Tour in New York
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Start line window open 9:00 a.m.
Location: Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY, 11368

Tickets:
FAR OUT Color Runner | $49.99
GROOVIER Color Runner| $38.99
GROOVY Color Runner | $29.99
INDIE Color Runner| $24.99
Wild Child | $14.99
FREE Flower Child | Entry only, no limited-edition 2019 participant kit included
*Prices to increase closer to event

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Mets announce Major League invites

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 17, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has invited 13 additional players to Major League Spring Training including: infielder Peter Alonso, LHP P.J. Conlon, infielder Andrés Giménez, LHP Anthony Kay, catcher Patrick Mazeika, LHP David Peterson, catcher Colton Plaia, RHP Ryder Ryan, catcher Ali Sánchez, RHP Corey Taylor, outfielder Tim Tebow, RHP Josh Torres and RHP Stephen Villines.

The Mets have previously invited: LHP Luis Avilán, outfielder Grégor Blanco, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, outfielder Rajai Davis, infielder Dilson Herrera, outfielder Rymer Liriano, LHP Ryan O'Rourke and LHP Héctor Santiago.

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 17, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has invited 13 additional players to Major League Spring Training including: infielder Peter Alonso, LHP P.J. Conlon, infielder Andrés Giménez, LHP Anthony Kay, catcher Patrick Mazeika, LHP David Peterson, catcher Colton Plaia, RHP Ryder Ryan, catcher Ali Sánchez, RHP Corey Taylor, outfielder Tim Tebow, RHP Josh Torres and RHP Stephen Villines.

The Mets have previously invited: LHP Luis Avilán, outfielder Grégor Blanco, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, outfielder Rajai Davis, infielder Dilson Herrera, outfielder Rymer Liriano, LHP Ryan O'Rourke and LHP Héctor Santiago.

 

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Mets sign All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract.  
 
Lowrie, 34, had career highs in homers (23), RBI (99) and walks (78) and was named to the American League All-Star team with Oakland last year. He led AL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage in 2018.
 
"Jed is veteran, versatile player that makes us better on the field, in the batter's box and in the clubhouse," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "As an accomplished switch-hitter, Jed also provides balance and length to our lineup."
 
Lowrie, who is the fifth All-Star the Mets have added this off-season to their major league roster, had a .353 OBP and a .801 OPS last year. He finished eighth in the AL in RBI and walks and ninth with a .324 (47-145) batting average with runners in scoring position.
 
Over the last two years, the 6-0, 180-pounder is tied for fourth in the majors with 86 doubles and seventh with a 1.54 strikeout-to-walk rate (min. 1,300 PA). Among second basemen with 1,000 PA since 2017, Lowrie is second in OPS (.798), third in OBP (.354), third in walks (133), fourth in RBI (146) and seventh in runs scored (150).
 
Among switch-hitters, he is tied for third in extra-base hits (127) and third in OPS (.804) over the last two years (min. 1,300 PA). He ranks 14th among all infielders in WAR (8.5) since 2017 according to Fangraph and is one of five infielders with a 4.0 WAR and a 153 games in each of the last two seasons (Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman and Paul Goldschmidt) according to Baseball-Reference.
 
Lowrie had 49 doubles, ranking second in the majors, a .808 OPS and a career-high 86 runs scored while slashing .277/.360/.448 in 2017 for the Athletics. He ranked second among major league second basemen with a .991 fielding percentage in 2017.
 
During his 11-year major league career, Lowrie has slashed .262/.335/.414 with 521 runs scored, 259 doubles, 17 triples, 104 home runs, 509 RBI and 438 walks in 1,109 games with the Red Sox, Astros and Athletics.
 
He has logged more than 4,000 defensive innings at shortstop, more than 3,000 innings at second base and over 1,000 innings at third base.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract.  
 
Lowrie, 34, had career highs in homers (23), RBI (99) and walks (78) and was named to the American League All-Star team with Oakland last year. He led AL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage in 2018.
 
"Jed is veteran, versatile player that makes us better on the field, in the batter's box and in the clubhouse," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "As an accomplished switch-hitter, Jed also provides balance and length to our lineup."
 
Lowrie, who is the fifth All-Star the Mets have added this off-season to their major league roster, had a .353 OBP and a .801 OPS last year. He finished eighth in the AL in RBI and walks and ninth with a .324 (47-145) batting average with runners in scoring position.
 
Over the last two years, the 6-0, 180-pounder is tied for fourth in the majors with 86 doubles and seventh with a 1.54 strikeout-to-walk rate (min. 1,300 PA). Among second basemen with 1,000 PA since 2017, Lowrie is second in OPS (.798), third in OBP (.354), third in walks (133), fourth in RBI (146) and seventh in runs scored (150).
 
Among switch-hitters, he is tied for third in extra-base hits (127) and third in OPS (.804) over the last two years (min. 1,300 PA). He ranks 14th among all infielders in WAR (8.5) since 2017 according to Fangraph and is one of five infielders with a 4.0 WAR and a 153 games in each of the last two seasons (Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman and Paul Goldschmidt) according to Baseball-Reference.
 
Lowrie had 49 doubles, ranking second in the majors, a .808 OPS and a career-high 86 runs scored while slashing .277/.360/.448 in 2017 for the Athletics. He ranked second among major league second basemen with a .991 fielding percentage in 2017.
 
During his 11-year major league career, Lowrie has slashed .262/.335/.414 with 521 runs scored, 259 doubles, 17 triples, 104 home runs, 509 RBI and 438 walks in 1,109 games with the Red Sox, Astros and Athletics.
 
He has logged more than 4,000 defensive innings at shortstop, more than 3,000 innings at second base and over 1,000 innings at third base.

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Mets statements on Mel Stottlemyre

Mel Stottlemyre was the Mets pitching coach from 1984-1993

From Mets ownership:

Mel Stottlemyre was the Mets pitching coach from 1984-1993

From Mets ownership:

"We owe Mel so much gratitude for what he contributed to this organization. The success we enjoyed in the 80's, including the World Championship in 1986 was a direct result of his working closely with our young pitching staff. He was a true gentleman. Our condolences go out to his wife, Jean and two sons, Todd and Mel, Jr."

From Dwight Gooden:

"Mel was more than a pitching coach to me. He was a dear friend. Everything I accomplished in the game was because of him. He taught me so much more than balls and strikes. I'll miss him dearly."

From Ron Darling:

"One of the classiest men I have ever known on or off the field. A wonderful pitching coach and father figure to the young pitchers on our Mets teams in the 1980's. Devotion to his wife Jean, his sons and his pitchers will never be forgotten by New York or those he mentored. Today is the saddest day."

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Mets sign LHP Luis Avilán to a Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced Thursday that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Luis Avilán to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.
 
Avilán, 29, has played in parts of seven seasons in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He split the 2018 season between the White Sox and Phillies, combining to go 2-1 with two saves, a 3.77 ERA (19 earned runs/45.1 innings) with 18 walks and 51 strikeouts in 70 appearances.
 
"Luis is a left-handed quality major league reliever who addresses another offseason priority," said General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. "We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build."
 
In 2018, Avilán held left-handed batters to a .220 (18-82) batting average. Overall in his career, he has held lefties to a .213 (115-541) clip.
 
The Venezuela native owns a 19-10 career record with two saves, a 3.09 ERA (106 earned runs/308.2 innings) with 118 walks and 276 strikeouts in 399 career appearances.
 

The New York Mets announced Thursday that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Luis Avilán to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.
 
Avilán, 29, has played in parts of seven seasons in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He split the 2018 season between the White Sox and Phillies, combining to go 2-1 with two saves, a 3.77 ERA (19 earned runs/45.1 innings) with 18 walks and 51 strikeouts in 70 appearances.
 
"Luis is a left-handed quality major league reliever who addresses another offseason priority," said General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. "We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build."
 
In 2018, Avilán held left-handed batters to a .220 (18-82) batting average. Overall in his career, he has held lefties to a .213 (115-541) clip.
 
The Venezuela native owns a 19-10 career record with two saves, a 3.09 ERA (106 earned runs/308.2 innings) with 118 walks and 276 strikeouts in 399 career appearances.
 

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David Wright assumes new role as special advisor to Mets COO & GM

The New York Mets announced today that David Wright will assume a new role with the club as Special Advisor to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. In a related move, the organization and David mutually agreed to his release from the current roster.  

"David Wright is an iconic Met and will be forever remembered for his contributions on the field as well as his numerous charitable endeavors," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. "David attended the recent Winter Meetings at the suggestion of myself and Brodie Van Wagenen where he contributed throughout with our baseball operations group and wanted to pursue this route. We are thrilled he will remain close to the Mets family and will be a great asset in this new role."

The New York Mets announced today that David Wright will assume a new role with the club as Special Advisor to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. In a related move, the organization and David mutually agreed to his release from the current roster.  

"David Wright is an iconic Met and will be forever remembered for his contributions on the field as well as his numerous charitable endeavors," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. "David attended the recent Winter Meetings at the suggestion of myself and Brodie Van Wagenen where he contributed throughout with our baseball operations group and wanted to pursue this route. We are thrilled he will remain close to the Mets family and will be a great asset in this new role."

"I again want to thank the Wilpon and Katz families for everything they have done for myself and my family," Wright said. "I will always be tremendously grateful for the way the fans treated me because playing in this city and for this team was a dream come true. I look forward to contributing and taking on the challenges of this new role."

Wright was a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Silver Slugger recipient. He holds the franchise record for hits (1,777), RBIs (970), runs scored (949), doubles (390), total bases (2,945), extra-base hits (658), walks (761) and go-ahead homers (87).

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Mets acquire RHP walker Lockett & INF Sam Haggerty from Cleveland

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired RHP Walker Lockett and minor league infielder Sam Haggerty from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Lockett, 24, made his major league debut in 2018 making four appearances (three starts) with San Diego and was a former fourth-round pick by the Padres in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He led El Paso (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League in starts (23), innings (133.1) and strikeouts (118), going 5-9 with a 4.73 ERA last year. San Diego traded Lockett to Cleveland on November 20, 2018 for RHP Ignacio Feliz. 
"We continue to focus on acquiring young major league ready talent for 2019 and beyond," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Still only 24 years old, Walker provides us valuable depth to our starting rotation."
The 6-5, 225-pounder was the Padres 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year when he posted a 2.96 ERA (54 earned runs/164.0 innings) with 123 strikeouts and 24 walks in 28 outings (25 starts) across four levels of the Padres system.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired RHP Walker Lockett and minor league infielder Sam Haggerty from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Lockett, 24, made his major league debut in 2018 making four appearances (three starts) with San Diego and was a former fourth-round pick by the Padres in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He led El Paso (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League in starts (23), innings (133.1) and strikeouts (118), going 5-9 with a 4.73 ERA last year. San Diego traded Lockett to Cleveland on November 20, 2018 for RHP Ignacio Feliz. 
"We continue to focus on acquiring young major league ready talent for 2019 and beyond," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Still only 24 years old, Walker provides us valuable depth to our starting rotation."
The 6-5, 225-pounder was the Padres 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year when he posted a 2.96 ERA (54 earned runs/164.0 innings) with 123 strikeouts and 24 walks in 28 outings (25 starts) across four levels of the Padres system.

He is 24-28 with a 4.15 ERA (222 earned runs/481.0 innings) in 101 career minor league games, 85 starts.

Haggerty, 24-year-old middle infielder, collected 21 doubles, five triples, four homers, 37 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 44 runs scored in 87 games for Akron (AA) of the Eastern League in 2018. 

Haggerty was a mid-season and post-season Carolina League All-Star in 2017 after batting .253 with 27 doubles, 13 triples, three homers, 49 stolen bases, 32 RBI and 72 runs scored in 112 games with Lynchburg.

He has 90 stolen bases, 67 doubles, 21 triples, 183 runs scored and 117 RBI in 322 career minor league games.

"Sam is athletic with good speed and a strong arm," Van Wagenen said.

Plawecki, 27, has hit .218 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and 75 RBI in 237 career games with the Mets since 2015.

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Mets acquire infielders J.D. Davis & Cody Bohanek from Houston

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired infielder J.D. Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league outfielder Ross Adolph, minor league infielder Luis Santana and minor league catcher Scott Manea.

Davis, 25, has five homers, six doubles, 12 RBI in 66 major league games with the Astros over the last two years. He made 14 starts at third base, eight starts at first base and three starts in left field for Houston last season. Davis won the Pacific Coast League batting title last year, hitting .342 (114-333) with Fresno.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired infielder J.D. Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league outfielder Ross Adolph, minor league infielder Luis Santana and minor league catcher Scott Manea.

Davis, 25, has five homers, six doubles, 12 RBI in 66 major league games with the Astros over the last two years. He made 14 starts at third base, eight starts at first base and three starts in left field for Houston last season. Davis won the Pacific Coast League batting title last year, hitting .342 (114-333) with Fresno.

"J.D. is a versatile offensive talent," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's young, had success vs. lefties and he'll provide depth at the corner positions."

Davis was the Astros third-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He had 25 doubles, 17 homers and 81 RBI in 85 games for Fresno while slashing at .342/.406/.583 in 2018. 

The 6-3, 225-pounder has been a mid-season minor league All-Star in each of the last three years. He had 23 doubles, 26 homers and 78 RBI in 103 minor league games in 2017. Davis slashed at .282/.345/.527 with a .872 OPS in the minors in 2017.

Davis has batted .350 (93-266) with 27 home runs vs. left-handers over the last three minor league seasons.

He has slashed at .292/.362/.521 with a .884 OPS, 126 doubles, 105 home runs and 393 RBI in 507 career minor league games.

Bohanek, 23, has 17 doubles, 18 stolen bases, nine homers, 55 RBI and 85 runs scored in 177 career minor league games.

Adolph, 22, was the Mets 12th-round pick in 2018 and batted .276 with nine doubles, 12 triples, seven homers and 35 RBI in 61 games for Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League.

Santana, 19, hit .348 with 13 doubles, four homers and 35 RBI in 53 games with Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League in 2018.

Manea, 23, batted .261 with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 53 RBI in 100 games for Columbia (A) of the South Atlantic League last year.

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Mets acquire OF Keon Broxton from Milwaukee

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Bobby Wahl, minor league RHP Adam Hill and minor league infielder Felix Valerio.

Broxton, 28, hit 20 homers and stole 21 bases in 2017 for the Brewers. According to Fangraphs, he has 13 defensive runs saved since 2016, the 14th-most among all major league centerfielders. In addition, he has 49 stolen bases during that span.

The New York Mets announced today that the club has acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Bobby Wahl, minor league RHP Adam Hill and minor league infielder Felix Valerio.

Broxton, 28, hit 20 homers and stole 21 bases in 2017 for the Brewers. According to Fangraphs, he has 13 defensive runs saved since 2016, the 14th-most among all major league centerfielders. In addition, he has 49 stolen bases during that span.

"Keon is a dynamic athlete with the ability to impact the game in the outfield, on the bases and with his bat," Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He adds depth to our major league roster for 2019 and into the future."

Broxton caught the last out of the NL Central tie-breaker game at Wrigley Field last year. The 6-3, 195-pounder appeared in two postseason games and slugged a solo homer in Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS at Coors Field. The Lakeland, FL native had two doubles, two triples, four homers, 11 RBI, five stolen bases and 15 runs scored in 51 games in 2018 for Milwaukee. 

During his four-year major league career, Broxton has belted 33 homers, swiped 50 bases, collected 27 doubles and driven in 79 runs in 276 games with the Pirates and Brewers.

Wahl, 26, was acquired by the Mets from Oakland on July 21, 2018 as part of the deal that sent RHP Jeurys Familia to the Athletics. He went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA (six earned runs/5.1 innings) in seven contests for New York last year.

Hill, 21, was the Mets fourth-round pick in 2018 from the University of South Carolina. He went 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (four earned runs/15.1 innings) in nine games in relief for the Brooklyn Cyclones (A) last season. 

Valerio, 18, batted .319 (84-263) with 17 doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 67 games in the Dominican Summer League in his first professional season last year.

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Mets sign RHP Aquimedes Caminero & OF Rymer Liriano to Minor League contracts

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 3, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed RHP Arquimedes Caminero and outfielder Rymer Liriano to minor league contracts and invited both to Major League Spring Training.

Caminero, 31, has earned 40 saves over the last two years while pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He appeared in 20 games in 2018 going 1-1 with 11 saves with a 5.79 ERA (12 earned runs/18.2 innings) before undergoing right elbow surgery. The 6-4, 245-pounder notched 29 saves and four holds with 65 strikeouts in 63.1 innings for the Giants in 2017.

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 3, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed RHP Arquimedes Caminero and outfielder Rymer Liriano to minor league contracts and invited both to Major League Spring Training.

Caminero, 31, has earned 40 saves over the last two years while pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He appeared in 20 games in 2018 going 1-1 with 11 saves with a 5.79 ERA (12 earned runs/18.2 innings) before undergoing right elbow surgery. The 6-4, 245-pounder notched 29 saves and four holds with 65 strikeouts in 63.1 innings for the Giants in 2017.

Caminero is 7-5 with a 3.83 ERA (66 earned runs/155.0 innings) and 143 strikeouts in 149 career major league games with Pittsburgh, Miami and Seattle. 

He is currently pitching for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League and has not allowed a run in five outings (5.0 innings).

Liriano, 27, has appeared in 59 major league games between the Padres and White Sox. He's scored 17 runs, collected four doubles, hit two homers and driven in 12 runs while batting .220 (33-150). 

The 6-0, 230-pounder hit .253 (89-352) with 20 homers, 59 RBI, 62 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 102 games in the Pacific Coast League for Salt Lake and Colorado Springs last year. 

The right-handed hitter has compiled a .272 (967-3,551) batting average, 198 doubles, 34 triples, 105 homers, 489 RBI, 208 stolen bases and 574 runs scored in 963 minor league games.

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Mets sign OF Gregor Blanco to Minor League contract

The New York Mets announced Friday that the club has signed outfielder Grégor Blanco to Minor League contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.

Blanco, 34, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors with the Braves, Royals, Giants and Diamondbacks.

The New York Mets announced Friday that the club has signed outfielder Grégor Blanco to Minor League contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.

Blanco, 34, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors with the Braves, Royals, Giants and Diamondbacks.

Blanco was a member of the Giants World Series championship teams in 2012 and 2014 and he has played in 40 career postseason games. The left-handed hitter has batted .255 (746-2,929) with 118 doubles, 39 triples, 26 homers, 235 RBI, 122 stolen bases and 394 runs scored in 1,060 major league games.

The Caracas, Venezuelan native appeared in 68 games for San Francisco last season. He hit .217 (41-189) with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs and 12 RBI.   

He preserved Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13, 2012 vs. Houston with a diving catch on Jordan Schafer's fly ball in the seventh inning.

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