OF Kevin Pillar Signs 1-Year Deal with Mets

Kevin Pillar with the San Francisco Giants in 2019. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/Shutterstock (10343077ao)

The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with former Giants, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Rockies outfielder Kevin Pillar.

The addition of Pillar to the mix in Queens represents an important addition of a right-handed bat and a strong defensive outfielder to a group that was previously heavily-slanted towards lefties.

Pillar joins an outfield mix that also includes Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Dominic Smith. The California native had a strong season in 2020 with the Red Sox and the Rockies, who acquired him in a trade deadline deal. He batted .288, the highest average of his eight-year career, with 6 home runs and 26 RBIs.

The Mets will likely opt to mix-and-match their four top outfield choices, with Pillar looking like a good bet to see time in all three positions. He should be especially useful in a potential platoon with Brandon Nimmo, who has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching in his career.

Pillar’s new contract with the Mets is reportedly worth $5 million and includes an option that could give him a second year in Queens at the same $5 million price tag.

The 32-year-old veteran will report to Port St. Lucie, Florida, for Spring Training over the next couple of weeks.