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Mets ink righty McWilliams to 1-year deal

@ToddZolecki
November 20, 2020

The Mets are being followed closely this offseason because they are expected to be major players in free agency. • Hot Stove Tracker They made a minor move Friday, when they announced they signed right-hander Sam McWilliams to a one-year contract. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is

The Mets are being followed closely this offseason because they are expected to be major players in free agency.

Hot Stove Tracker

They made a minor move Friday, when they announced they signed right-hander Sam McWilliams to a one-year contract. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $750,000.

McWilliams, 25, is 30-35 with a 3.85 ERA in parts of six Minor League seasons with the Phillies, D-backs and Rays. He went 7-9 with a 4.10 ERA in 26 appearances (19 starts) last season with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2019 -- making the Southern League All-Star team -- before joining the Rays’ 60-man player pool this season.

The Phillies selected McWilliams, who is 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, in the eighth round of the 2014 Draft. They traded him to the D-backs in November 2015 for right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Arizona later traded McWilliams and left-hander Colin Poche to complete their deal for Steven Souza Jr. in May 2018.

McWilliams was the only player the Mets added to the 40-man roster. Players added Friday are protected from the Rule 5 Draft in December..

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook .