Three days after the Mets claimed him off waivers from the Rockies, the Reds have claimed Jordan Patterson off of waivers from the Mets.
Patterson is a 26-year-old left-handed first baseman and outfielder, and he’s spent the better part of the last two seasons hitting extremely well at Triple-A for the Rockies. He strikes out a good amount but maintained a solid average and had plenty of power, popping 52 home runs over the last two seasons.
When the Mets claimed him, it seemed that Patterson would serve to deepen a very thin upper-minors depth chart in the outfield, while also providing additional depth at first base—essentially the role Dominic Smith played last season. Instead, the Mets tried to sneak him through waivers and have lost him themselves, and they will now need to look elsewhere for Quad-A type depth bats to hedge against injury and possibly compete for a bench spot in spring training.