The Mets’ first notable addition of the offseason will bring a veteran infielder to Queens.
Eduardo Escobar, who spent last season with the Diamondbacks and Brewers, reached agreement Friday with the Mets on a two-year contract worth $20 million, pending a physical, according to industry sources. The deal also includes a club option for 2024.
The 32-year-old Escobar can play third and second base, giving the Mets insurance if Javier Baez departs through free agency. A source indicated Esbobar’s addition won’t preclude the Mets from attempting to re-sign Baez, who hopes to have his situation settled before the anticipated Dec. 2 lockout.
Escobar, a switch hitter, posted a .253/.314/.472 slash line with 28 homers and 90 RBIs in 146 games last season. In addition to the Diamondbacks and Brewers, he has played for the White Sox and Twins during an 11-year major league career. Escobar could fill a role for the Mets similar to the one Jonathan Villa …
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