NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Mets have inked outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract, according to multiple reports.

The 33-year-old – and former Mets prospect – struggled in 2018 with the Tampa Rays, hitting only .208 with nine home runs in 118 games.

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New York originally traded Gomez as part of the Johan Santana deal in 2008. The two-time All-Star developed into a start after being dealt to Milwaukee two seasons later.

Mets fans may actually remember Gomez more for the time he was almost traded back to New York. A 2015 trade with Milwaukee – which eventually fell through due to injury concerns – famously left utility man Wilmer Flores in tears after it was leaked the fan favorite was part of the deal.

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Gomez, who has only managed a slash line of .232/.312/.394 over the last three years, will add some more depth to the team’s outfield while Yoenis Cespedes recovers from heel surgery.

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NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom was back on the mound for his second start of the spring.

New York’s Opening Day starter was in mid-season form, breezing through three scoreless innings. The 30-year-old allowed just one hit while striking out four.

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Relievers Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo also had scoreless performances in a 7-1 win over the Tigers Friday afternoon.