Mets add outfield depth, sign Mark Canha to two-year deal

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The Mets’ Black Friday race includes a right-handed bat to help fill in what needs an outfield.

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Mark Canha on Friday signed a two-year deal with the Mets worth $26.5 million, a physical, an industry source confirmed. The contract also includes a club option for 2024. Kanha, 32, spent the last seven years with the Athletics, for which he played in all three outfield positions and at first base.

Mark Kanha has spent the last seven seasons with Athletics.
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Kanha’s deal came on the same day the Mets signed a two-year deal with Eduardo Escobar for $20 million.

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Last season, Kanha posted a .231/.358/.387 slash line in 141 games with 17 homers and 61 RBIs. He will be joined by an outfield mix that includes Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Khalil Lee and Nick Plummer (a former Cardinals prospect who signed a one-year major league deal with the Mets earlier in the week). Michael Conforto and Kevin Pilar, two pieces of the Mets’ outfield mix from last season, became free agents.

Kanha’s addition eliminates the possibility of a Pilar reunion, but the Mets may still seek to re-sign Conforto, who declined the club’s $18.4 million qualifying offer. If Conforto signs elsewhere, the Mets will receive a compensatory draft pick.

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