The 29-year-old Hildenberger will now reunite with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, who coached Hildenberger as an assistant in Minnesota in 2019. Hefner recruited Hildenberger to the Mets, according to Martino.
Hildenberger is a three-year major league veteran whose career got off to a fast start in 2017, as the soft-tossing sidearmer threw 42 innings of 3.21 ERA/3.01 FIP ball with 9.43 K/9, 1.29 BB/9 and a 58.8 percent groundball rate that season. It appeared the Twins had a lights-out reliever then, though Hildenberger’s career went off the rails from 2018-19. He combined for a 6.35 ERA/4.58 FIP with 8.56 K/9, 3.32 BB/9 and a 44.5 percent grounder mark across 89 1/3 innings during those two seasons.
After Hildenberger’s pair of rough campaigns, the Twins non-tendered him last winter. Hildenberger inked a minors deal with the Red Sox a few weeks later, but he didn’t make it back to the big leagues in 2020. Now, along with rejoining Hefner, Hildenberger is reuniting with fellow ex-Twins reliever Trevor May, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $15.5MM guarantee last week.