Former Braves Gold Glove outfielder joins the dark side

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte signs with the New York Mets and owner Steve Cohen. The Mets need outfield depth.

The signing couldn’t come at a better time for New York as they just lost Jeff McNeil to a hamstring injury on Monday afternoon. The severity of McNeil’s injury is unknown, but New York lacked outfield depth even before losing their top provider.

Inciarte spent the early part of that season with the other New York team — the Yankees — but was fired after failing to receive regular playing time at the MLB level. While it can sting for Atlanta baseball fans Obviously, to tie Inciarte’s name to the Tom Glavine-style Mets, this isn’t in the same ballpark.

Inciarte needs work, and the Mets could deliver it. At Triple-A that year, Inciarte hit .252/.336/.408 with four home runs and as many stolen bases.

Mets sign former Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte

Inciarte won three Gold Gloves with Atlanta and is capable of playing all three outfield courts when healthy. It’s that versatility that should give him a chance in Queens, even if that contract is technically of the minor league variety.

However, Inciarte fought for the plate in both 2020 and 2021, finishing just .200/.267/.277. Chances with the Reds and Yankees fell by the wayside, so this could very well be his last and best chance to rebuild his reputation as a solid MLB outfielder. Former Braves Gold Glove outfielder joins the dark side

John Verrall

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