The Mets made a pair of switches to their 60-man roster pool on Wednesday, signing outfielder Juan Lagares and infielder Brian Dozier to minor-league deals while releasing outfielder Melky Cabrera and infielder Gordon Beckham.
The moves keep the Mets’ pool at 57 active players, but manager Luis Rojas told the media that neither Lagares nor Dozier was a likely option for the Opening Day roster, and both would report to the Alternate Camp Site in Brooklyn.
Lagares, 31, has never officially played for any other organization but the Mets, playing 716 games for the team from 2013-19 and hitting .254. He finished a four-year, $23 million extension with the Mets last season by hitting .213 in 133 games, and signed a one-year deal with the Padres on Feb. 10; however, he was not added to the Padres’ initial player pool last month and was not going to be added to the roster, so he elected free agency last week.
Dozier, 33, was also with the Padres, although he was initially in their player pool before being cut last week. The veteran won a World Series ring last season in DC, hitting .238 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI in 135 games for the Nationals, and is a career .245 hitter in eight seasons with the Twins, Dodgers, and Nationals.
Cabrera, who spent 2019 with the Pirates, and Beckham, who was in Detroit last season, were both added by the Mets on minor-league deals when they announced their initial player pool on June 29. Cabrera had been a free agent since the end of last season, while Beckham had also been in San Diego, signing a minor-league deal in February before being released in March right when baseball shut down.