White Sox sign Mets castoff John Mayberry Jr.


Outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr., who was released by the Mets last month, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he’ll head to Triple-A for now.

Mayberry signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Mets this offseason, but hit just .164 in 59 games.

His career batting average is just .235, but Mayberry has 20-homer power and his .720 OPS in 574 games as a big leaguer is nearly average. If spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching he has some value to an MLB team, but at age 31 he’s no sure thing to get back to the majors.