The New York Mets have officially announced the signing of Kevin Pillar. The veteran center fielder was inked to a one-year deal worth $5 million, with a player and club option for 2022. If the Mets exercise their option, it pays $6.4 million, and the player option carries a $2.9 million salary.
Pillar joins a talented outfield and will likely be deployed in a specialist role. Pillar mashed against lefties last season, putting up a .969 OPS in 76 at-bats. His career numbers support that he’s better against left-handed pitchers than right-handed ones, with average, OBP, and slugging all relatively higher. It’s also worth noting that four of his six home runs last year came against lefties. You can expect that Pillar will be a feature bat when the Mets go up against left-handed pitchers.
Pillar hasn’t been as surehanded defensively as we’ve come to expect. Last season, he put up a -.2 defensive WAR and -7 Defensive Runs Saved Above Average. There’s a lot of ground to cover at Citi Field, so it will be interesting to see how Pillar adapts to his new surroundings.
The Mets open the regular season on April 1 against the Washington Nationals and are +1000 on the World Series board at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.