The Mets’ initial 60-man player pool was released Sunday night and included only 45 players. Since then, the team has added five more players to its 60-man pool.
Right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland, who was released by the Washington Nationals in March after struggling in spring training, was the only “new” player added.
Strickland, 31, had a 3.00 ERA and 1.21 WHIP during a strong four-year run from 2015 to 2018 with the San Francisco Giants, but had a 5.55 ERA in 2019 in just 24.1 innings split between the Seattle Mariners and Nationals.
Shortly after signing Strickland, the Mets announced the signing of 35-year-old outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played for eight teams during his 15-year-career, including with the Yankees from 2005 to 2009.
Cabrera, who hit .280/.313/.399 in 133 games last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has a career triple slash of .285/.334/.417 to go along with 144 homers. He is 38 hits away from reaching 2,000 for his career.
In addition to Strickland and Cabrera, the Mets signed 33-year-old infielder Gordon Beckham, who hit .215/.271/.372 in 83 games in 2019 for the Detroit Tigers.
During his 11-year-career, much of which was spent with the Chicago White Sox, Beckham has hit .237/.300/.367 in 1,069 games.
The two other players added by the Mets on Monday — OF Ryan Cordell and RHP Erasmo Ramirez — were both with the team during the first iteration of spring training and were both re-signed before being added to the 60-man player pool.