New York Mets Sign 6-Year Veteran Outfielder

Six-year veteran outfielder Rafael Ortega, 32, has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs after being released by the Texas Rangers.

The circumstances surrounding his departure from the Rangers remain unclear, leaving uncertainty about whether Ortega requested his release or if it was a team decision.

Despite signing with the Rangers earlier in the year, he was unable to make the Opening Day roster and spent his time in Triple-A.

In 44 games with Round Rock, Ortega showed improvement in recent months, boasting a batting average of .226, an on-base percentage of .333, and a slugging percentage of .381. He hit five home runs and stole eight bases in 199 plate appearances.

Ortega had a productive stint with the Cubs in 2021-2022, making his signing with the Mets an intriguing move.

With experience across all three outfield positions, he aims to secure more playing time in the major leagues.

Throughout his six-year career, he holds a .250/.322/.361 triple-slash line with 21 home runs, 101 RBIs, 41 stolen bases, and 120 runs scored in 364 games played.

Ortega's versatility and previous success make him a potential candidate for a reserve role. Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports