As MLB’s free agency period slowly ramps up, the Mets have made another move to add some depth to their bullpen.
Per SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino, the Mets have signed right-handed reliever Trevor Hildenberger to a minor-league deal.
Martino also notes that pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, who was Hildenberger’s assistant pitching coach in Minnesota in 2019, had a lot to do with making the signing happen.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old side-arming righty appeared in 132 games for the Twins over the course of three seasons from 2017-19. He has a career 5.35 ERA, but he also has the ability to get both righties and lefties out, as left-handed hitters hold a .258 batting average against him (compared to .286 from right-handers). He’s also stuck out 129 hitters in his 131.1 career innings.
Hildenberger signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox last January but did not appear in the majors with the team in 2020.