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Mets sign Christian Colon, Ezequiel Carrera to minor league deals

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Both will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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The New York Mets signed Christian Colon and Ezequiel Carrera to minor league deals and have assigned both of them to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Colon was the 2010 fourth overall pick and has had some brief stints in the majors, but he has struggled to find the consistent success that was expected of him coming out of the draft. Colon made his major league Debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2014 and remained in the organization until he was DFA’d in May of 2017. He was acquired off waivers by the Miami Marlins and spent a little over a month with them before he was sent back down to Triple-A. He signed a minor league contract with the Braves this past offseason but was released on Monday after hitting only .204/.278/.204 over 16 games. The Mets are hoping that he can provide some infield depth and be a possible utility piece in the majors if needed.

Carrera has had more success at the major league level, hitting .282 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs over 131 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season. But he has struggled mightily in Triple-A this season and was released on Thursday by the Braves after hitting just .146 with one home run and four RBIs. This move by the Mets comes right after the news that Juan Lagares will most likely miss the rest of the season due to injury, so it provides depth to an outfield that already has two major league bats on the disabled list. Like Colon, Carrera could be called up to the majors if the situation arises.

Right now, the Mets are just looking for Colon and Carrera to recapture some of their previous success and be ready if the Mets need them.