Mets sign outfielder Tommy Pham to 1-year contract

Tue Jan 24 6:10pm ET

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FILE -Cincinnati Reds' Tommy Pham (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a Donovan Solano double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, July 25, 2022, in Cincinnati. The New York Mets signed veteran outfielder Tommy Pham to a one-year contract Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, adding to their busy offseason. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File)


NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets signed veteran outfielder Tommy Pham to a one-year contract Tuesday, adding to their busy offseason.

Pham provides depth and a dangerous bat, giving New York a proven fourth outfielder and a right-handed option at designated hitter to complement lefty Daniel Vogelbach.

The 34-year-old Pham spent last season with Cincinnati and Boston, batting .236 overall with 17 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .686 OPS. He scored 89 runs in 144 games.

''Tommy adds another versatile right-handed bat to our lineup,'' general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. ''His ability to grind through at bats, stay within the strike zone, impact the baseball, and run the bases is a valuable addition to our ballclub.''

Pham is a .259 career hitter with 114 homers, 97 stolen bases and a .787 OPS in nine major league seasons with the Cardinals, Rays, Padres, Reds and Red Sox.

He made headlines in May when he was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball after he slapped San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson because of a dispute about their fantasy football league. While the Giants warmed up in the outfield before their series opener with the Reds, Pham confronted Pederson and smacked him in the face before they were separated.

In a corresponding roster move, left-handed pitcher Tayler Saucedo was designated for assignment by the Mets.

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