Mets add infield utility man with offensive upside

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Jun 21, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Danny Mendick (20) singles against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Briefly, after the New York Mets traded catcher, James McCann, they made another move. Infielder, Danny Mendick, formerly of the Chicago White Sox, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Mets.

Mendick, from Rochester, New York, turned 29 years old three months ago. He has four years of MLB experience, all with the White Sox. Over those four seasons, though, he has only played in 151 games.

The career batting average Mendick has to this point is .251. He batted .308 his rookie year, but that came in only 16 games. In 2022, he hit .289 but again only appeared in 31 games (97 at-bats) as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. In his one year with far more at-bats (2021, 164 at-bats), Mendick did bat a career-worst of .220. He has 10 career home runs.

Defensively, Mendick has played most of the starts in his career at the two middle infield positions, second base and shortstop.

Mets add middle infielder Danny Mendick:

At this time, Mendick, who was non-tendered by the White Sox, comes with four years of team control for the Mets and two minor league options remaining as well.

It looks as if Mendick will provide the Mets with some infield depth at the moment. Obviously, the Mets’ four starters following the splash signing of Carlos Correa are set with Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Francisco Lindor. Mendick will join the likes of solid infield backups Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme, barring any trades that may involve Escobar or Guillorme.

Mendick is still a young player with not a ton of experience under his belt (446 plate appearances). It gives him some potential moving forward especially knowing the Mets will have four years of control. His two best seasons with batting averages of .308 and .289 certainly do make him a polarizing addition for the Mets in this active offseason.