Mets roster transactions: Jamie Hoffmann signs minor-league deal

Christian Petersen

The New York Mets have reached a deal with Jamie Hoffmann, an outfielder who has hovered around Triple-A for the last several seasons without getting a consistent shot in the big leagues.

Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, who spent this past year with the Baltimore Orioles organization, has signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets.

The 28-year-old outfielder has never consistently been able to hang on to a major-league roster: he was selected in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft by the Washington Nationals and promptly traded to the New York Yankees for Brian Bruney, but he didn't make their roster out of spring training and was sent back to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's made 32 career plate appearances with Los Angeles, recording four hits, one of which was a home run, in 2009 and going 0-for-2 in 2011.

Hoffmann hasn't dipped below Triple-A since 2009, hitting .310 in 2010 for Albuquerque. This past year, he hit .254 in Norfolk for the Orioles farm system. Despite his lack of MLB experience, Hoffmann could be a factor for the big-league club as the Mets are relatively bare when it comes to outfield depth.

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