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.

Mitch Moreland signs one-year, $3 million deal with Red Sox

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.

Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.