New York Mets Sign First Baseman

The New York Mets have signed first baseman Daniel Palka to a minor league contract. 

Although this is a minor league deal, this is a pretty interesting signing. As a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 2018, Palka had a notable 27 home runs to go along with 67 RBI and .240 batting average in 124 games. Yet, as quickly as he caught fire as a major leaguer, it went out just as fast. In 2019 with the White Sox, he had two home runs, four RBIs and a .107 batting average in 30 games. Since then, he has not been in the league.

However, after that impressive rookie campaign he had just three seasons ago, one has to wonder if he has the potential to find his old form from here. With the Rochester Red Wings in Triple-A this season, he had a noticeably strong season. In 106 games, he had 18 home runs, 58 RBIs and a .256 batting average. With this, he showed better patience and contact at the plate. If he impresses the Mets and ends up making their roster as a depth player, one has to wonder if this will translate over in 2022.

If he plays like how he did as a rookie, this could be a nice low-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Mets. Let's see what ends up happening with the 31-year-old./ 

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