Blue Jays acquire OF Ceciliani from Mets for player to be named later

New York Mets Darrell Ceciliani (1) runs on a fourth-inning solo home run. (Kathy Willens/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have swung a minor deal with the New York Mets to add some outfield depth in the form of centre fielder Darrell Ceciliani.

The 25-year-old made his major-league debut last season hitting .206/.270/.279 in 75 trips to plate. The left-handed hitter recorded one home run and three RBI in his time with the major-league club, adding five steals.

Ceciliani was significantly more productive at the triple-A level hitting .345/.398/.581 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 255 plate appearances while calling hitter-friendly Las Vegas home. Over the course of his minor-league career his speed has been his calling card as he’s stolen 125 bases in seven seasons.

The Blue Jays likely expect Ceciliani to offer speed and defensive versatility as a minor-league insurance policy. He was designated for assignment by the Mets on Jan. 27 when the team re-signed Yoenis Cespedes.

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