The Mets announced on their transaction page that they have added five players on Minor League deals. Three (Chasen Shreve/Johneswhy Fargas/Travis Jankowski) were already known, the other two weren’t known until now.
Taiwan Native Tzu-Wei Lin was added to add some middle infield depth. The 28 year old has been on a major league roster at some point in every year since 2017. He has played for Boston (101 games) and Minnesota (1 game in 2021). He doesn’t provide much at the plate, hitting just .223/.298/.316 over those 102 games in the bigs.
What Lin does provide is versatility. In his 4 years in Boston he played SS, 2B, 3B, CF, LF and RF. He even pitched one inning and played behind the plate for 0.2 inning. He only needs to play first to get playing time at every spot. That’s quite an accomplishment on its own.
The Mets also Tim Adleman to a minor league contract. The 34 year old right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2017 for the Reds. In those two years he pitched in 43 games, making 33 starts with a 4.97 ERA. He pitched 192 total innings for the Reds between 2016 and 2017.
After a year in the KBO, Aldeman returned to America and pitched in the Tigers and Reds organizations. Last year he pitched to a 3.80 ERA in 45 innings for the AAA Reds.
In 2019, he was solid in the Tigers organization, pitching to a 3.23 ERA between AA and AAA. He pitched to a 1.10 WHIP with 123 strikeouts over 117 innings.
Both won’t likely make it to the majors this year and if all goes well, they will be fill in Players for the minor league roster.
The Mets added outfield depth with the signing of Travis Jankowski to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.
The 30 year old former Philly played in 76 games with the Phillies, hitting .252/.364/.351 with 1 homerun and 10 RBI’s. The left handed hitter plays Center most of the time but also saw some time in the corner spots. He had a positive 2 OAA in center field last year, showing he can still play that spot.
If needed Jankowski can fill in, be a tough out and play solid defense with speed (88th percentile in sprint speed 2021). He will provide depth behind the starting three and Nick Plummer/Khalil Lee.
The Mets have resigned lefty Chasen Shreve on a minor league deal. He will be the main candidate to make the Mets pen from the left side, after back to back solid seasons.
The 30 year old pitched to a very solid 3.20 ERA over 56.1 innings pitched. This comes after a season where Shreve pitched to a 3.96 ERA over 25 innings for the Mets. Over the last two years combined, Shreve pitched to a 1.23 WHIP and 124 ERA+.
While Shreve doesn’t strikeout a ton of hitters, he doesn’t allow hard contact. His hard hit percentage was in the 94th percentile while a lot of other statecast numbers are solid.
Main attraction to Shreve his game is his ability to get lefties out. Last year Shreve held lefties to a .200/.289/.344 slash line.
Shreve will battle Alex Claudio for the lefty relief job in the Mets bullpen.
According to Robert Murray, the Mets have signed left hander Mike Montgomery to a minor league deal. It’s not the first time the Mets got Montgomery on a minor league contract as he pitched during the Mets 2021 Spring training.
He was released on the last day of spring after a poor outing as he didn’t make the squad. He ended up signing with the Yankees, who released him in May. After the Yankees released him Montgomery pitched for the Samsung Lions in the KBO. He pitched to a 5.37 ERA in 52 innings. He didn’t make himself popular after tossing the rosin bag to the ump in frustration.
The now 32 year old former first round pick, does have a solid track record in the majors. Overall in 541 innings, Montgomery pitched to a respectable 3.84 ERA. He had his most successful time between 2016 and 2018, pitching to a 3.35 ERA.
Montgomery is most known for one moment as he was the pitcher who got the final out of the 2016 World Series for the Cubs. For the Mets he will provide minor league depth as the depth from the left side is extremely thin.
The Mets have added some much needed depth from the left side, adding Alex Claudio to a minor league deal. The 29 year old lefty is coming off a bad year in the Angels pen, where he pitched to a 5.51 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 30 , but walked 15 over that span. His 4.1 walks per nine was the highest in any season. He also allowed a career high 1.7 homeruns per nine in 2021.
However, if you exclude 2021, Claudio has been a mainstay in bullpens as a lefty. After 5 successfull seasons (first 2 combined just 28 innings) with the Rangers, he pitched two seasons for the Brewers. Before the 2021 season, Claudio pitched to a 3.34 ERA, holding lefties to a .596 OPS against.
With relievers you never know. Claudio is just 29 and could still have solid years left. Before 2021, he was a master in limiting hard contact. Between 2016-2020 he was in the best 10% in barrel percentage every year. With Milwaukee in 2019 (best 2%) and 2020 (best 1%) he excelled in average exit velo against.
In the end it’s a low risk move which doesn’t hurt. I am sure he won’t be the only lefty the Mets will add, hopefully a MLB deal as well when the lockout ends.