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.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.