The Mets designated catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel for assignment, as first reported by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The Mets announced the move a couple minutes later. Hummel’s spot on the 40-man roster will go to righty Max Kranick, whom the Mets are claiming off waivers from the Pirates.
Hummel, 29, was claimed off waivers from the Mariners earlier in the offseason. He appeared in 10 MLB games last year and came to the plate 26 times with Seattle. He also received a brief look with the D-backs in 2022, and he’s posted an overall .166/.264/.286 line in 227 career plate appearances.
Ugly as that small-sample slash line may be, Hummel turned in a .262/.409/.435 batting line in Triple-A last year and drew walks at a massive 18% clip. The Mets were surely attracted to that output and to his versatility; he’s logged more than 1800 innings in left field, 1054 frames behind the plate, 508 innings at first base and another 296 innings in right field. Add in that he has a minor league option remaining, and he’s an interesting depth piece even if he hasn’t yet been able to produce at the big league level.
Hummel is also a known commodity for Mets president of baseball operations David Stearns, who was the Brewers’ general manager in 2016 when Hummel was drafted by Milwaukee. Stearns traded Hummel to the D-backs in the 2021 Eduardo Escobar swap, and he’ll now have a week to trade Hummel again or else attempt to pass him through outright waivers.