The New York Mets are always on the lookout for depth pieces.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, they secured one with several accolades to his name.
“The Mets have signed OF Ender Inciarte to a minor league deal, per source,” Martino tweeted.
The Mets have signed OF Ender Inciarte to a minor league deal, per source.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) June 20, 2022
Inciarte is still 31, and is known for his defensive prowess in center field.
He has been, however, fairly decent with the bat, too: he has a .280 career average with 42 home runs, 263 RBI, and 118 stolen bases.
Inciarte hasn’t had a starting role since 2018 with the Atlanta Braves.
Inciarte Is A Nice Signing For The Mets
As a reserve outfielder to have around for depth purposes, Inciarte is a very good option for a team like the Mets.
He won three consecutive Gold Glove awards between 2016 and 2018, and also received a Fielding Bible award in 2015.
He also earned an All-Star berth in 2017.
He remains an incredible defensive center fielder, perhaps the most important position in today’s game.
Inciarte had spent the 2022 season with the New York Yankees organization, specifically in Triple-A Scranton.
He hit .252/.336/.408 in 34 games and 116 plate appearances, with four home runs and four stolen bases.
He is not a bad player to have around as depth, but he will likely want major league playing time at some point: that’s probably the main reason why he isn’t the Yankees anymore.
He could eventually find it on the Mets depending on injuries and his own performance, though.
It would be cool to see Inciarte back in the major leagues eventually.
His glove was quite effective out there, and he could still contribute to a winning major league ballclub.
All things considered, it’s a solid signing for a team that wants to contend this year and needs to have backup plans all over the roster.