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Mets sign RHP Chad Smith to minor league deal

Smith has a 7.11 ERA in two seasons in the majors.

Philadelphia Phillies v Oakland Athletics Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

The Mets have reportedly signed Chad Smith—no, not the drummer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers—to a minor league deal. The right-hander will also be invited to spring training.

Smith, who was drafted by the Marlins in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, made his major league debut in 2022 with the Rockies. In 18 innings for Colorado, he posted a 7.50 ERA, a 4.83 FIP, and a 1.72 WHIP in 15 appearances, walking 15 and striking out 23 on the year. He was traded to the Athletics that offseason in exchange for minor leaguer Jeff Criswell, and proceeded to post a 6.59 ERA, a 5.82 FIP, and a 1.61 WHIP in 13 23 innings across ten appearances, which is a modest improvement, I suppose.

Smith joins a growing list of players that Stearns and the club are signing in an effort to fill the 40-man roster and earn a role in the team’s bullpen. Given his past performance, it seems like a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Here’s to hoping Smith doesn’t enter a game with the lead and give it away (give it away, give it away, now).