Mets sign outfielder Castellanos to Minor League deal

The Mets have signed outfielder Alex Castellanos to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training, the club announced Tuesday.

Castellanos, 28, was in the Padres organization last year and spent the season with Triple-A El Paso, hitting .275 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 113 games. A 10th-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Castellanos made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2012 and appeared in 24 games with the club over two seasons.

Castellanos is the second outfielder to join the Mets in as many days. On Monday, New York signed veteran Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal. Cuddyer is a two-time All-Star and was the 2013 National League batting champion when he hit .331 with the Rockies.

–Austin Laymance

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