The New York Mets agreed to a minor league contract with veteran first baseman / corner gardener, Daniel Palka, according to Palka’s transaction tracker on MLB.com. The left-handed hitter has appeared in a couple of major league seasons, playing with the 2018-19 Chicago White Sox.
Most of Palka’s playing time came in the first of those years. He scored 449 plate appearances with the South Siders in 2018 and hit an impressive 27 home runs, displaying great power potential that had made him an interesting prospect emerging through the systems of the Diamondbacks and Twins:
However, he also struck out 34.1% of his trips to the plate, and his resulting bar line of .240 / .294 / .484 was just one touch above the league average.
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Palka’s strikeout problems continued the following year, and he was eventually pulled from Chicago’s 40-man roster. The South Carolina native signed with KBO’s Samsung Lions in 2020, but hit just .209 / .272 / .367 in 217 plate appearances there.
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MLB: Mets signs veteran outfielder who hit 27 home runs as a rookie in 2018