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Mets release Sam Haggerty

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Haggerty had been DFA’d in December to make room for Dellin Betances on the team’s 40-man-roster.

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The Mets announced Wednesday that they had released Sam Haggerty, a minor league infielder who had been designated for assignment in December to make space for the newly signed Dellin Betances on the 40 man roster.

Haggerty’s tenure with the Mets was short-lived. Acquired in the 2018-19 offseason from the Cleveland Indians along with right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett in a trade for catcher Kevin Plawecki, the 25-year-old speedster put up a .763 OPS across three minor league levels while playing mostly second base as well as some centerfield. He was added to the active roster for September call-ups, which led to a feel-good viral video of minor league manager Tony DeFrancesco giving him the news making the rounds.

Despite the memorable start to his time in Queens, though, Haggerty went hitless in just four plate appearances that month, though he did score two runs in seven pinch running opportunities.