Journeyman outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has signed with the Tigers on a minor-league deal, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He’ll get an invitation to spring training.
Mayberry’s days of being a top prospect are long gone, but he’s generally been useful as a part-time corner outfielder capable of knocking around left-handed pitching.
Last season he wasn’t much good against anyone, batting .164 in 59 games for the Mets, but for his career Mayberry has hit .260 with an .833 OPS versus lefties.
NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.