The Mets signed infielder Ty Kelly to a minor league deal on Monday, according to a source. It’s not clear if the pact includes an invitation to spring training, but signings of this nature usually do.
The 29-year-old has hit .280/.381/.381 in the minor leagues since the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in 2009.
Kelly originally signed with the Mets in November of 2015 and made his major league debut the next May after spending seven seasons in the minor leagues. In 58 at-bats across 39 major league games in 2016, Kelly hit .241 with a home run and seven RBI. He notably picked up one of only four hits against Madison Bumgarner in the 2016 National League Wild Card game.
After making the opening day roster in 2017, Kelly was designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, who traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies 12 days later. Kelly spent the majority of last season in a limited bench role with the Phillies, hitting .193 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 69 games. Only 14 of those appearances were starts.
As a versatile depth option, there isn’t much to dislike about the signing. As was the case in 2015, Kelly will be one of the first infielders with a shot to be added to the 40-man roster mid-season.