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Mets sign Gregor Blanco to minor league deal

The outfielder’s last good season came in 2015.

Seattle Mariners v San Francisco Giants Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Mets have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman. The left-handed hitter will turn 35 years old next week, and he’s coming off a season in which he hit .217/.262/.317 with two home runs and 58 wRC+ for the Giants.

Having made his major league debut with the Braves back in 2008, Blanco has spent time with them, the Royals, and the Diamondbacks, but he’s been with the Giants for the vast majority of his major league career. And over that entire span, he’s hit .255/.338/.348, but his time as a league-average or better hitter spanned from 2010 to 2015. Since then, he put up a 68 wRC+ in 2016, an 82 wRC+ in 2017, and the aforementioned 58 in 2018.

There’s no harm in signing guys to minor league deals and bringing them into spring training, but there doesn’t appear to be a ton of upside with this move.