Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:57 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Center fielder Kevin Pillar and the New York Mets have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract. To make room on the Mets' roster, outfielder Guillermo Heredia was designated for assignment. The 32-year-old Pillar provides a proven center fielder and experienced right-handed hitter to potentially platoon with Brandon Nimmo. All three of New York’s projected regulars in the outfield bat left-handed: Nimmo, right fielder Michael Conforto and left fielder Dominic Smith. Pillar joins Albert Almora Jr. as right-handed-hitting options on the bench or in part-time roles. Pillar split last season between Boston and Colorado, hitting a combined .288 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 54 games.