Mets sign John Mayberry Jr.

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John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Mets, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Mayberry was traded from the Phillies to the Blue Jays in September and then non-tendered by Toronto last week.

Mayberry is a 31-year-old career .241 hitter with a .734 OPS, but if used mostly against left-handed pitching he’d have value in a part-time outfield role. He’s hit .269 with an .857 OPS off lefties, compared to .224 with a .658 OPS off righties.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.