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Mets sign Albert Almora for CF depth


The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with center fielder Albert Almora, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


It’s certainly not a high-profile move, which leaves something to be desired from a fan base who is still sifting through the rubble of losing out on Trevor Bauer, who spurned the Mets’ higher offer to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.


The team lacks a true, natural option at the position with Brandon Nimmo — a left fielder — having assumed the role in 2020.


He’s now expected to remain at that role in 2021, as well, after the Almora signing and the uncertainty that revolves around the universal designated hitter rule this season.


The Mets had been linked with George Springer, the top center-fielding free-agent option and an All-Star — but there was hesitancy to outbid the Toronto Blue Jays on a long-term deal when the 31-year-old might only have a few more years to play at that position.


However, if there is no DH — a fact that is still unknown despite there being just 10 days until the start of spring training — the Mets would have been forced to take away at-bats from either Nimmo or Dominic Smith.






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