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Mets trade Darrell Ceciliani to Blue Jays for cash considerations

The 25-year-old was designated for assignment last week.

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The Mets have traded outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. The left-handed outfielder made his major league debut in 2015, appearing in 39 games while the Mets dealt with a string of injuries to their position players.

Over 75 plate appearances, the 25-year-old hit .206/.270/.279 with one home run, four walks, and 25 strikeouts. A fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft, Ceciliani has had relative success in the minor leagues, hitting .290/.354/.423 over seven seasons. Most recently, the outfielder hit an impressive .345/.398/.581 with nine home runs during 70 games in Triple-A.

Ceciliani was promoted in May to supplant Kirk Nieuwenhuis as the Mets' fourth outfielder—Nieuwenhuis was himself designated for assignment and subsequently traded to the Angels for cash considerations. Ceciliani did flash some skills, such as a solid glove and above-average baserunning abilities, but the power he had displayed in the minor leagues never showed, and he failed to establish himself as a major league hitter.

Ceciliani was designated for assignment last week after the Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes. With the emergence of Michael Conforto and the signing of Alejandro De Aza, Ceciliani had no place in the Mets' crowded outfield.