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Mets agree to sign Kevin Pillar

Pillar is coming off a strong 2020 season.

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The Mets have agreed to terms with 32-year-old outfielder Kevin Pillar on a one-year-deal, according to Anthony DiComo.

In the shortened 2020 season, Pillar hit .288/.336/.462 with six home runs, five stolen bases, and a 108 wRC+ in 223 plate appearances for the Red Sox and Rockies. It was his best season as a hitter, and combined with his play in the field, it made him worth 1.1 fWAR.

Over the course of his career, Pillar has hit .262/.299/.408 with an 87 wRC+, having built much of his reputation upon his defense. For what it’s worth, both his DRS and UZR/150 have turned from consistently in the positive to consistently negative in recent seasons in center field.

A right-handed hitter, Pillar has a career .286/.320/.464 line with a 107 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers. Considering the Mets’ collection of left-handed hitters who would likely spend time in the outfield, Pillar could be a good fit.