Mets News: Mets Sign Outfielder Desmond Jennings To A Minor League ContractThe Mets have signed outfielder Desmond Jennings to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to James Wagner of the New York Times.
Jennings, a client of the Boras Corporation, spent Spring Training with the Reds but was released late in camp.
Jennings, 30, hit .195/.300/.415 with two home runs and two steals in his 18 games with Cincinnati this spring — an apparent continuation of the struggles that's plagued him in recent seasons. Once one of the game’s top overall prospects based on a promising blend of power and speed, Jennings’ career has been slowed significantly by leg injuries, including knee surgery back in 2015.
After hitting .249/.327/.402 in just under 2000 plate appearances from 2011-14; along the way, he hit between 10 and 14 homers and racked up between 15 and 31 steals in each of those four campaigns. Since that time, though, Jennings owns an anemic .222/.295/.347 batting line in 333 trips to the plate.
Jennings could play centerfield and provide another right-handed bat that the Mets do need.