The hot stove got just a little bit warmer for the New York Mets after they agreed to terms with Jarrett Parker and Max Moroff.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the New York Mets have signed Jarrett Parker and Max Moroff to minor-league deals. Both players have prior major league experience and will get an invite to spring training.
Moroff is likely nothing more than a AAA filler player. Moroff has a career minor league slash line of .251/.358/.382. That’s decent but not good for a player in the minors. It was worse last year when he hit .213/.375/.361 in AAA for the Indians. Moroff played in 20 games for the Indians in 2019. He slashed .120/.176/.250 in those games.
The one thing Moroff brings to the Mets is his versatility. Moroff played second base, third base, left field, right field and shortstop in 2019. That versatility could make Moroff an interesting bench option.
If he can prove he can play multiple positions at an above-average level, that would go a long way. That’s especially true now that MLB teams come equipped with a 26-man roster.
However, it’s hard to see Moroff playing a major role for the Mets in 2019. His bat is likely too poor to overcome. Moroff should make good minor league depth.
Parker is much more interesting. Parker can play all three outfield positions well and his bat has upside. Parker slashed .266/.394/.535 in AAA for the Angels in 2019. He played in just five games for the big club, though, and slashed an awful .000/.200/.000.
However, Parker has a history of playing decently in the majors. He was adequate with the Giants from 2015-2017. Parker played in 135 games for the Giants and slashed .257/.335/.456. Those aren’t amazing numbers, but they would be good for a bench bat.
If Parker can regain that form and provide his usually good defense, he could be an excellent option off the bench.
The only issue is that Parker will be 31-years-old in 2020. Decline is very likely to set in if it hasn’t already. However, given his history, Parker is certainly a player to keep an eye on come spring training. He’s got a chance to steal the Mets’ 26th roster spot.