Mets Ink a Trio of Free Agents to 60-Man Squad

The Melkman is coming to Queens, as the New York Mets signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to contract on Monday.

Additionally, the Mets inked reliever Hunter Strickland and infielder Gordon Beckham.

Cabrera, 35, batted a solid .280 with a .713 OPS for the Pirates last season and is a .285 hitter over a 15-year career with eight different teams, including the New York Yankees.

Strickland, 31, released by the Washington Nationals in March after permitting nine runs over 6.2 innings in Grapefruit League action, has posted a 16-15 record with a 3.16 ERA in 250.1 innings of work in 281 games in six MLB years.

The Padres released Beckham, 33, after going 0-for-14 in Spring Training. The two-position infielder has hit .237 with 30 long balls and 351 RBI in his 11 year MLB career.

Cabrera will provide outfielder depth for New York and Beckham will do the same at second and third base, while Strickland seems likely to compete with Chasen Shreve, Paul Sewald, Drew Smith, and a few other arms for a spot in the Mets’ Opening Day bullpen, according to

The Mets’ player pool squad currently stands at 50, with up to 10 more which can be added, via a combination of trades, internal promotions or additional free-agent signings.

— Jerry Del Priore

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