The New York Mets have reportedly signed outfielder Rymer Liriano to a minor-league deal, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (via Twitter). The deal includes opt out clauses specifically for playing opportunities in Japan and Korea, as well as a $600K guarantee if he makes the big league club.
Liriano will audition for a reserve role in the outfield, where he faces an uphill climb to make the roster, as veterans Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco will also be in camp auditioning for likely no more than a single roster spot. Without any further additions, regular contributors Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares would soak up most of the outfield at-bats, with any number of Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, Dilson Herrera and Travis d’Arnaud potentially seeing time in the outfield as well. Given that the Mets hope to get Yoenis Cespedes back at some point during the season, Liriano seems likely ticketed for another season in Triple A if he stays with the organization beyond the spring.
Liriano, 27, last saw big league action with the White Sox in 2017, managing a .220/.304/.341 line in limited time. He made his ML debut in 2014 for the Padres where, as a 23-year-old, he struggled to the tune of .220/.289/.266 across 121 plate appearances. He was originally signed by the Padres as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2007.