The Mets made the Jerry Blevins signing official today, and in order to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster, the team designated infielder Ty Keller for assignment. The details of the Blevins contract are a bit different than those that were initially reported, as Jon Heyman said earlier in the day that he’ll earn $5 million in 2017 with a team option for $7 million for 2018.
Signed to a minor league deal before the 2016 season, Kelly made 71 plate appearances for the Mets last year. He hit .241/.352/.345 with one home run and a 95 wRC+. He spent the bulk of his season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .328/.409/.435 with two home runs in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
Kelly won’t be the only player cut from the roster to make room for a recent signing since the Mets will have to clear another spot on the forty for Fernando Salas.