The Seattle Mariners have claimed outfielder Travis Jankowski off waivers from the New York Mets. The 31-year-old was designated for assignment the other day after the Mets traded for fellow left-handed-hitting outfielder Tyler Naquin.
Jankowski made just 63 plate appearances for the Mets, in part because of his backup role and in part because he fractured a finger and missed a considerable amount of time on the injured list. In that limited time on the field, Jankowski hit just .167/.286/.167 with a 47 wRC+. He was, however, part of a heartwarming moment earlier in the season when he said:
“No one’s gonna be buying my jersey. But I still think there’s a big part of what I bring to the table that is very important and very needed to winning teams and championship teams, and that’s what we have in this clubhouse.”