The New York Mets have had a rather busy offseason, having signed Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, Brandon Nimmo, Adam Ottavino, David Robertson, and Omar Narvaez.
The Mets have built a strong ballclub heading into 2023 and look to be the favorites to win the World Series.
But sometimes, a minor move ends up being quite rewarding.
This morning, the Mets signed veteran outfielder Tim Locastro to a minor league contract.
The 30-year-old hit just .186 during the regular season with two home runs and four RBI.
Locastro made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019.
The Syracuse native was acquired by the New York Yankees at the trade deadline in 2021.
Pat Ragazzo was the first to report the news.
Sources: New York Mets sign Tim Locastro to minor league dealhttps://t.co/B5xXN7cmTQ
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) January 9, 2023
Locastro’s best season came in 2020, a season which was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The veteran outfielder hit for a career-high .290 average and drove in 17 runs while going deep twice.
He appeared in just 38 games during the 2022 season.
But if he can replicate his 2020 success, he could find a way onto the Mets roster.
New York won 101 games during the regular season.
Locastro joins Khalil Lee as another option for the fourth outfield spot.
The outfield currently consists of Mark Canha, Nimmo, and Starling Marte as the starters.
At the very least, this could serve as a solid depth move for the Mets as they look to improve upon their fantastic 2022 season.
Their lineup already consists of Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, and the three aforementioned starting outfielders.