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Mets sign reliever Trevor Hildenberger to minor-league deal

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.