SAN DIEGO (AP) The New York Mets have agreed to a $1.45 million, one-year contract with outfielder John Mayberry Jr.
The team did not announce the deal, which is guaranteed and subject to a physical. Manager Terry Collins said Thursday at the winter meetings he liked ''everything'' about Mayberry and was pleased to add a right-handed bat with power to New York's bench.
Mayberry, who turns 31 next month, had seven homers and 23 RBIs in 146 at-bats for Philadelphia and Toronto this year. Mayberry has 53 homers in six big leagues seasons.
''He kills left-handed pitching. He can play first and play the outfield,'' Collins said.
NOTE: The Mets agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Scott Rice. Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 32 games for New York before being demoted in June. He had season-ending elbow surgery July 23.