The Mets have announced they have signed journeyman outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. With Lagares and De Aza locking up bench spots, Bernadina, who hit .276 with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases last year with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, will almost certainly begin the year in Triple-A Las Vegas.
Bernadina, 31, has spent parts of eight years in the Nationals, Phillies, Reds, Dodgers, and Rockies organizations. A career .236 hitter and far better defender, Bernadina will function as left-handed outfield depth following the loss of Kirk Niewenhuis and Darrell Ceciliani, who was traded to the Blue Jays last week for cash.
Ceciliani, 25, hit .206 in 68 big league at-bats in 2015. He was designated for assignment following the signing of Yoenis Cespedes, and is now finding himself competing for a role on the Toronto bench. Ceciliani hit .345 in 229 at bats in Triple-A Las Vegas last year—Shades of Matt den Dekker’s numbers before being traded to Washington during the 2015 Spring Training.
Tyler Clippard, who helped the Mets significantly down the stretch in 2015, has reportedly signed a 2 year, $12.25 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a bit surprising to see Clippard still available so late in the offseason, given his wonderful showing in 2015 and proven track record. Clippard pitched to a 3.04 ERA in orange and blue, a little bit higher than the 2.88 ERA he owns for his career. Clippard and fellow veteran Brad Ziegler will anchor what will be a formidable force in the back end of Arizona’s bullpen. You can keep up with anything and everything Diamondbacks here.
Carlos Torres, designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Antonio Bastardo, elected free agency rather than a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. Torres will almost certainly surface with a major league team at some point this season, or could pursue opportunities in Japan, which is oftentimes more lucrative.