Mets in agreement with INF Joey Wendle

The Mets’ offseason is coming along. After signing former Yankees hurler Luis Severino, the Mets have now come to an agreement with utility man Joey Wendle.

SNY’s Andy Martino confirms the agreement, pending a physical, with multiple reports stating the deal is for one year and $2 million plus performance bonuses.

With the Mets non-tendering Luis Guillorme, David Stearns has found another player to fill his role and Wendle has a track record of being a valuable piece for some great teams. While the 33-year-old started his career in Oakland with the Athletics, his official rookie season didn't come until 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

That season, Wendle slashed .300/.354/.435 with seven home runs and 61 RBI in 139 games. He finished fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting for a 90-win Rays team. His numbers dipped in 2019 and 2020, but he bounced back the following season. In 2021, Wendle slashed .265/.319/.422 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI en route to his first and only All-Star selection.

He then took his talents to South Beach where he struggled. In two seasons with the Miami Marlins, Wendle slashed .238/.274/.330 with five home runs and 52 RBI.

Wendle’s value comes from the flexibility he gives teams defensively. He’s played 200 games at second, third and shortstop. He also has played 18 career games in the outfield