After losing their entire starting outfield to injuries over the last seven games, the New York Mets have claimed former Philadelphia Phillies outfield Aaron Altherr off waivers. To make room for Altherr, the club has designated reliever Tim Peterson for assignment.
The 28-year-old Altherr produced a .221/.311/.405 slash line with a 92 wRC+ for the Phillies since making his major league debut in 2014. His best year came in 2017, when he hit .272/.340/.516 with 19 home runs, a 121 wRC+ and career-best 1.4 fWAR while appearing in a career-high 107 games for Philadelphia. He immediately fell off a cliff in 2018 and finished the year hitting .181/.295/.333 with eight home runs, a 75 wRC+, and a -0.4 fWAR in 105 games.
After starting the year with one hit in 30 plate appearances, the Phillies designated Altherr for assignment on May 4. He was eventually claimed by the San Francisco Giants and he struck out in his lone at-bat for the team on May 17. The Giants eventually designated him for assignment on May 19. He currently owns an unsightly .033/.065/.067 slash line with a -72 wRC+ and a -0.5 fWAR.
With the team calling up Rajai Davis and lacking suitable outfield depth following the injuries to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil, the move provides an additional option for the club should they suffer additional injuries or their starters suffer any setbacks on the road to recovery.
The 28-year-old Peterson has pitched in parts of the last two seasons with the Mets. In that time, he’s appeared in 27 games and owns a 5.56 ERA, a 5.70 FIP, and a 1.32 WHIP in 34 innings. The news comes one day after the club DFAed right-handed reliever Paul Sewald.