MLB: Mets signs veteran outfielder who hit 27 home runs as a rookie in 2018

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 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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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Mets signs veteran outfielder who hit 27 home runs as a rookie in 2018