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The Mets have been busy this weekend shoring up their roster, as they acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from Milwaukee, infielders J.D. Davis and Cody Bohanek from Houston, and catcher Kevin Plawecki was sent to Cleveland for right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty.
KEON BROXTON was acquired on Saturday from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Bobby Wahl, minor league RHP Adam Hill and minor league infielder Felix Valerio.
Broxton, a 28-year -old outfielder, hit 20 homers and stole 21 bases in 2017 for the Brewers. According to Fangraphs, he has 13 defensive runs saved since 2016, the 14th-most among all major league centerfielders. In addition, he has 49 stolen bases during that span.
“Keon is a dynamic athlete with the ability to impact the game in the outfield, on the bases and with his bat,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “He adds depth to our major league roster for 2019 and into the future.”
Broxton caught the last out of the NL Central tie-breaker game at Wrigley Field last year. The 6-3, 195-pounder appeared in two postseason games and slugged a solo homer in Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS at Coors Field. The Lakeland, FL native had two doubles, two triples, four homers, 11 RBI, five stolen bases and 15 runs scored in 51 games in 2018 for Milwaukee.
During his four-year major league career, Broxton has belted 33 homers, swiped 50 bases, collected 27 doubles and driven in 79 runs in 276 games with the Pirates and Brewers.
Wahl, 26, was acquired by the Mets from Oakland on July 21, 2018 as part of the deal that sent RHP Jeurys Familia to the Athletics. He went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA (six earned runs/5.1 innings) in seven contests for New York last year.
Hill, 21, was the Mets fourth-round pick in 2018 from the University of South Carolina. He went 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (four earned runs/15.1 innings) in nine games in relief for the Brooklyn Cyclones (A) last season.
Valerio, 18, batted .319 (84-263) with 17 doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 67 games in the Dominican Summer League in his first professional season last year.
J.D. DAVIS and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek, both infielders, were acquired on Sunday from from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league outfielder Ross Adolph, minor league infielder Luis Santana and minor league catcher Scott Manea.
Davis, 25, has five homers, six doubles, 12 RBI in 66 major league games with the Astros over the last two years. He made 14 starts at third base, eight starts at first base and three starts in left field for Houston last season. Davis won the Pacific Coast League batting title last year, hitting .342 (114-333) with Fresno.
“J.D. is a versatile offensive talent,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “He’s young, had success vs. lefties and he’ll provide depth at the corner positions.”
Davis was the Astros third-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He had 25 doubles, 17 homers and 81 RBI in 85 games for Fresno while slashing at .342/.406/.583 in 2018.
The 6-3, 225-pounder has been a mid-season minor league All-Star in each of the last three years. He had 23 doubles, 26 homers and 78 RBI in 103 minor league games in 2017. Davis slashed at .282/.345/.527 with a .872 OPS in the minors in 2017.
Davis has batted .350 (93-266) with 27 home runs vs. left-handers over the last three minor league seasons.
He has slashed at .292/.362/.521 with a .884 OPS, 126 doubles, 105 home runs and 393 RBI in 507 career minor league games.
Bohanek, 23, has 17 doubles, 18 stolen bases, nine homers, 55 RBI and 85 runs scored in 177 career minor league games.
Adolph, 22, was the Mets 12th-round pick in 2018 and batted .276 with nine doubles, 12 triples, seven homers and 35 RBI in 61 games for Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League.
Santana, 19, hit .348 with 13 doubles, four homers and 35 RBI in 53 games with Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League in 2018.
Manea, 23, batted .261 with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 53 RBI in 100 games for Columbia (A) of the South Atlantic League last year.
RHP Walker Lockett and minor league infielder Sam Haggerty from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for catcher Kevin Plawecki.
Lockett, 24, made his major league debut in 2018 making four appearances (three starts) with San Diego and was a former fourth-round pick by the Padres in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He led El Paso (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League in starts (23), innings (133.1) and strikeouts (118), going 5-9 with a 4.73 ERA last year. San Diego traded Lockett to Cleveland on November 20, 2018 for RHP Ignacio Feliz.
“We continue to focus on acquiring young major league ready talent for 2019 and beyond,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “Still only 24 years old, Walker provides us valuable depth to our starting rotation.”
The 6-5, 225-pounder was the Padres 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year when he posted a 2.96 ERA (54 earned runs/164.0 innings) with 123 strikeouts and 24 walks in 28 outings (25 starts) across four levels of the Padres system.
He is 24-28 with a 4.15 ERA (222 earned runs/481.0 innings) in 101 career minor league games, 85 starts.
Haggerty, 24-year-old middle infielder, collected 21 doubles, five triples, four homers, 37 RBI, 24 stolen bases and 44 runs scored in 87 games for Akron (AA) of the Eastern League in 2018.
Haggerty was a mid-season and post-season Carolina League All-Star in 2017 after batting .253 with 27 doubles, 13 triples, three homers, 49 stolen bases, 32 RBI and 72 runs scored in 112 games with Lynchburg.
He has 90 stolen bases, 67 doubles, 21 triples, 183 runs scored and 117 RBI in 322 career minor league games.
“Sam is athletic with good speed and a strong arm,” Van Wagenen said.
Plawecki, 27, has hit .218 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and 75 RBI in 237 career games with the Mets since 2015.