Mets sign 1B Brandon Allen to minor-league deal

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inmanuntitled

The Mets have signed Brandon Allen to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

The 27-year-old first baseman spent all of 2013 at Triple-A for the San Diego Padres, hitting .267 with a .347 OBP, 17 home runs and 76 RBI. He’s also seen a handful of games in the outfield, mostly in left field.

Allen is a former top prospect with the Arizona Diamondbacks but never seemed to hit at the major league level. He eventually lost his job to Paul Goldschmidt (who should have won MVP this season.)

In 116 major league games over four seasons (from 2009-2012), Allen has hit .203 with a .290 OBP in 389 plate appearances. He has played in Tampa, Arizona and Oakland in limited at bats. hitting 12 home runs and 41 RBI combined in those four seasons. His last time in the majors was seven brief games for the Rays in 2012.

Allen will compete for the backup 1st base job in Spring Training but will likely go down to Vegas playing every day and putting up monster numbers in the high altitude.

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