The New York Mets have been looking for an outfielder, and they found one Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with Harrison Bader, according to a report from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Bader, 29, played parts of two seasons with the New York Yankees and about a month with the Cincinnati Reds last season after spending the first five years of his big-league career in St. Louis.
The Bronxville native is known for his incredible defense and speed but has struggled to stay healthy and produce consistently at the plate. In 635 MLB games, Bader has a slash line of .243/.310/.396 to go along with 59 home runs, 217 runs batted in, and 77 stolen bases on 95 attempts.
Bader joins a Mets outfield that includes Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, D.J. Stewart, and recent trade acquisition Tyrone Taylor.