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Mets sign outfielder Travis Jankowski

Mets sign outfielder Travis Jankowski

Travis Jankowski at plate with Phillies in 2022

The Mets have signed outfielder Travis Jankowski to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Thursday.

Jankowski, 30, hit .252/.364/.351 with five steals in 76 games last season for the Philadelphia Phillies. For his career, he has hit .239/.322/.318 in 426 games for the Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and San Diego Padres.

But much of Jankowski’s value comes from his defense.

Jankowski is a strong defender at all three outfield spots, and has gotten the most time in center field, where he has played 207 games.

One of Jankowski’s best attributes is his speed — he was in the 88th percentile last season when it came to sprint speed.

With the Mets’ backup outfield situation unsettled (Khalil Lee and Nick Plummer are among the options), Jankowski could push for a spot on the bench if New York is inclined to go defense-first.

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