Prior to Tuesday's game, the Mets traded cash considerations to the Rangers for 29-year-old, minor-league OF Travis Snider, who will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.
In 2009, Baseball America ranked Snider the league's sixth-best prospect. However, in 242 sporadic games in four seasons, he hit only .248 with 31 home runs.
The Blue Jays eventually traded him to the Pirates in 2012, where he was mostly a fourth outfielder, after which he signed with the Orioles in 2015. He inked a free agent minor-league deal with the Rangers this past winter.
Snider was batting .294 with nine home runs and an .810 OPS in 100 games at Triple-A before being acquired by the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): I expect Snider will be on the Mets in September, if not sooner. In the wake of trading Jay Bruce to the Indians, and with Curtis Granderson likely to be dealt, the Mets will have room on the roster and may as well give a shot to a guy like Snider, who, for all they know, might surprise people. Plus, he can play left field as the Mets keep gauging whether Michael Conforto should be their everyday center fielder in 2018.
In regards to Snider, I have low expectations. But, at 29 years old, having bopped around baseball, maybe he's got a second wind worthy of his former status.