The New York Mets are shoring up their infield and outfield depth with their first two big moves of the offseason on Friday.
The team is in agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract with infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN. They are also nearing a two-year, $26.5 million deal with outfielder Mark Canha, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Canha, 32, slashed .231/.358/.387 for the Oakland Athletics last season and can play all three outfield positions as well as first base. His deal includes a third-year option, sources said.
Escobar, 32, is a versatile switch-hitter who can play second and third base but also played 18 games at first after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
Escobar slashed .253/.314/.472 overall last season, including 28 home runs, but was better after the trade in July. He compiled a .800 OPS for the Brewers, appearing at both first and third base.
The Mets have an opening at third base, but Escobar is likely to move around the diamond as needed. If the team doesn’t re-sign second baseman Javier Baez, Escobar could see time at second as well. He has also appeared in 329 career games at shortstop, but his most prominent position is still third base.
Unlike most switch-hitters, Escobar has been better as a right-handed batter than as a lefty. He has hit 30 points higher in his career from the right side of the batter’s box. He has also been known as a solid leader and teammate throughout his 11-year career.
His deal with the Mets is pending a physical and was first reported by MLB Network.