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Mets claim reliever Chris Beck off waivers

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Beck will join the Mets’ bullpen when they visit Arizona

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The New York Mets have claimed right-handed reliever Chris Beck off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Beck is expected to be with the team on Thursday when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. According to Mike Puma, the move was made with a recommendation from manager Mickey Callaway.

Beck, who was drafted in the second round of the 2012 MLB draft (76th overall), has pitched in each of the last four seasons with the White Sox. He has a career 5.94 ERA, 6.23 FIP, and 1.71 WHIP in 119-and-two-thirds innings. In that time, he has put up a 14.7% strikeout rate and a 12% walk rate.

The 27-year-old had a strong start to the 2018 season, but has struggled since the beginning of May. In 23-and-two-third innings, he’s put up a 4.18 ERA, a 6.02 FIP, and a 1.48 WHIP. He allowed runs over six consecutive relief appearances from May 11 through May 29, and has only been used twice during the month of June. His last appearance came on June 7 against the Minnesota Twins, where he gave up one hit in one scoreless inning of work. He was designated for assignment by Chicago on June 9.

Beck will join a Mets bullpen that has posted a 5.46 ERA and 4.34 FIP over the past 30 games. The team has not announced a corresponding move.