After bringing in RHP Matt Purke on a minor league deal late last week, the Mets have made another move, signing veteran outfielder Zach Borenstein on Wednesday, the team announced. The 27-year-old’s contract includes an invite to major league Spring Training.
2018 will be Borenstein’s eighth as a pro, after he was selected by the Angels in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft. He spent just over three years with Los Angeles before getting shipped to Arizona in exchange for two major leaguers, Tony Campana and Joe Thatcher.
In 688 career minor league games, Borenstein has hit .283, with 99 home runs and 453 runs batted in. With the Reno Aces (AAA) in 2017, he finished tied for tenth in the Pacific Coast League with 24 home runs.
Borenstein also represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, hitting .286 with a pair of runs driven in for the squad that reached the competition’s second round.
Borenstein will provide sufficient outfield depth for the organization, stepping into a similar role for the Las Vegas 51s that had been held by Travis Taijeron.