New York Mets Bring In Two New Players Via Free Agency

The New York Mets have recently bolstered their roster by signing two seasoned players, infielder Yolmer Sanchez and catcher Austin Allen, to minor league contracts.

Both signings were announced on Tuesday and come with invitations to major league spring training.

Yolmer Sanchez, a 33-year-old third baseman from Venezuela, has a diverse professional career that began in 2009.

His journey includes stints with several major league teams such as the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and the New York Mets.

Sanchez, known for his versatility in the field, has primarily played at the minor league level but made his major league debut in 2014 with the White Sox.

Notably, he won a Gold Glove at second base in 2017 while with the White Sox.

In his previous short tenure with the Mets in 2022 at Triple-A Syracuse, Sanchez showed a solid performance, and his overall major league career includes a batting line of .243/.299/.355 in 674 games.

Austin Allen, turning 30 on the day of his signing, hails from St. Louis, Missouri.

Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft, Allen made his major league debut in 2019 with the Oakland Athletics.

His career, predominantly in the minors, has also seen him play for the Padres, Athletics, Cardinals, and the Miami Marlins organizations.

In the 2023 season with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, Allen showcased his power-hitting abilities, especially notable in his 23 home runs for the season.

Despite his primary role as a catcher, Allen also has experience playing first base, adding to his versatility on the field. Photo Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports