Tommy Pham discusses path to New York, role with Mets

Mets' Tommy Pham
Mets' Tommy Pham / New York Mets/ SNY

While splashes such as Justin Verlander and Kodai Senga dominated the headlines of the Mets offseason, the signing of Tommy Pham added key depth ahead of the 2023 season.

On Friday, Pham met with reporters and mentioned that New York felt like a place capable of winning.

“My options were limited,” Pham said. “When we looked at this situation, I thought this team was the better situation to win a championship. I think we got more guys to get there.”

Pham recognized his job as a fourth outfielder alongside Mark Canha, Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte. He acknowledged that he would be “possibly” open to time in the lineup as the designated hitter.

“If I’m performing well, Buck [Showalter] said he would try to get me into the lineup,” Pham said.

The soon-to-be 35-year-old also discussed working on his versatility as a defender in the outfield.

“Out of the three, right field is the one I’ve played the least. I came up as a center fielder and learned left field in the big leagues,” Pham added.

The Mets mark Pham’s fifth major league club since 2019. Most recently, Pham played in 144 games with 17 home runs in 2022 during his time with the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox. Offensively, Pham’s bat could add valuable depth to the lineup during the season.