Newsday’s Tim Healey reports that the Mets have signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Hechavarria, 29, spent last year with the Rays, Pirates, and Yankees. He hit a light .247/.279/.345 in 321 plate appearances but played good defense at shortstop and third base.
With the Mets, Hechavarria will be competing for a spot on the bench as a backup infielder. While all four starting spots across the infield are spoken for, the Mets don’t have a versatile backup infielder, so it stands to reason Hechavarria has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman has been diagnosed with a partial lat tear. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, but it would seem likely he doesn’t pitch again this season.
Gsellman, 26, went on the injured list on Saturday (retroactive to August 14) with what was initially called right triceps tightness. Across 63 2/3 innings of relief for the Mets this season, the right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Losing Gsellman is a big deal for the Wild Card-hopeful Mets. While his ERA wasn’t anything incredible, he was a workhorse, accruing the most innings of anyone in the bullpen. With Gsellman out of the mix, the Mets will lean even more on Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia behind struggling closer Edwin Díaz.