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Mets sign Roger Bernadina to minor league deal

The Mets have added some outfield depth heading into spring training.

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The Mets have signed 32-year-old outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bernadina spent all of last season with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, a Rockies affiliate, and last appeared in the majors in 2014 with the Reds and Dodgers, when he hit .167/.304/.258 in just 80 plate appearances.

Originally from Curacao, Bernadina signed with the Montreal Expos back in 2001 and made his major-league debut with the Nationals in 2008. He spent parts of six seasons in Washington, profiling primarily as a defensive option off the bench. Bernadina's career-high plate appearances in a season is 461 in 2010, though he has not eclipsed 350 since.

While he'll get a look in spring training, Bernadina is a career .236/.307/.354 hitter with fewer than 100 major league plate appearances since the start of the 2014 season. He doesn't figure to usurp the fourth and fifth outfielder spots currently occupied by Juan Lagares and free-agent signing Alejandro de Aza. However, the seven-year MLB veteran—who, for whatever it's worth, hit a respectable .276/.383/.466 in the Pacific Coast League last year—would provide proven organizational depth from Las Vegas should he end up with the 51s come April.