Mets Signal Melky Cabrera, Erasmo Ramirez, Gordon Beckham
The Mets’ signing spree continued Monday with the additions of outfielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. All three have been introduced by the membership, and all are “anticipated” to be added to the 60-man participant pool, in keeping with the staff. They be a part of earlier signees Hunter Strickland and Ryan Cordell in that regard.
At 35 years outdated, Cabrera isn’t the hitter he as soon as was. That mentioned, the Melk Man additionally hasn’t batted decrease than .273 prior to now decade, and his contact abilities typically make him a supply of a good OBP despite the fact that he doesn’t stroll a lot.
The switch-hitting Cabrera’s .280/.313/.399 slash with the Pirates final yr was below-average on the entire (88 OPS+, 85 wRC+), however he was a median or higher hitter within the three previous seasons. Cabrera carried an .807 OPS into the All-Star break final yr, however he hit simply .231/.257/.306 down the stretch as his position shrunk. To his credit score, he struck out at only a 10.Three % clip in 2019. He’s no lock to make the roster, but when he can shake off final yr’s second-half slide, the Mets may conceivably work him into the DH combine and never want to fret about his glove.
Beckham, 33, inked a minor league pact with the Padres in February however had a tough exhibiting of their preliminary camp that led to his launch. Though he drew 5 walks, Beckham was hitless in 14 at-bats. He spent the 2019 marketing campaign with the Tigers, hitting .215/.271/.372 with six homers, a dozen doubles and a pair of triples in 240 journeys to the plate.
Beckham made his large league debut only one yr after being chosen with the No. eight total decide within the 2008 draft by the White Sox. He wasn’t in a position to replicate a powerful rookie marketing campaign, although, and finally settled in as a journeyman utility infielder. He’s appeared within the large leagues annually since 2009, however Beckham carries a tepid .237/.300/.367 slash in 3782 plate appearances as an enormous leaguer.
Ramirez, 30, was a high quality arm with the Mariners and Rays from 2015-17, pitching to a mixed 3.97 ERA (4.22 FIP) with 7.zero Ok/9, 2.Three BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 in 385 1/Three large league innings. A teres main pressure worn out most of his 2018 season, although, and Ramirez has but to essentially regain his footing. He spent the 2019 season with the Pink Sox’ Triple-A affiliate, for whom he posted a 4.74 ERA with 6.eight Ok/9 and three.1 BB/9 in 125 1/Three innings.