PORT ST. LUCIE — Matt Adams was hardly shocked when he wasn’t offered a major league contract this offseason.
“That is kind of the way free agency has gone, but I am thankful for the opportunity here,” the veteran slugger said before a workout with the Mets on Thursday. “It’s a very good club and I had to play against these guys for several years on the other side, so thankful to get here and be able to know the guys and just hit the ground running and keep working.”
Adams, who won a World Series title with the Nationals in October, arrived last month on a minor league deal. He has been working out at first base and shagging flies in left field.
The implementation of the 26-man roster this season could give the 31-year-old Adams the opening he needs to break camp with the major league club. Adams, who has also played for the Cardinals and Braves, hit 20 homers in 310 at-bats last season.
“It’s a very tough division, but I think as a competitor and as an athlete, that is what you want,” Adams said. “You want to fight all year long and that is what this division is going to do. It’s going to be a dogfight all year long.
“But I think this team has definitely got the talent and the experience and the good mixture of young guys and great talent, but also the veteran leadership this club brings. It’s huge and I think [general manager] Brodie [Van Wagenen] did a good job of bringing in the pieces that they needed in the offseason and I think everybody in here is excited to get this season rolling.”
Seth Lugo, who is recovering from a broken left pinky toe, continues to play catch on flat ground. The right-hander is hopeful he will be cleared for a return to the mound in the coming days.
Franklyn Kilome, who missed last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is throwing live batting practice and figures into the Mets’ starting pitching depth. The Mets acquired Kilome in the trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies in 2018.
The Mets have added an exhibition game on March 24 against the Orioles at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Both teams will tour the facilities before the game.
Jacob deGrom and Yoenis Cespedes were all smiles facing each other during a live batting practice session on Field 7, behind Clover Park. Cespedes delivered a broken-bat hit, but deGrom largely dominated.
Jeurys Familia threw his first live batting practice session of the spring, with his hard sinker biting. “I heard real good things about how the ball was coming out of his hand,” manager Luis Rojas said.
Will Toffey, a third baseman who arrived to the Mets in the trade that sent Familia to Oakland in 2018, worked out at first base. Toffey played 91 games last season at Double-A Binghamton and posted a .696 OPS.
The Mets will play a three-inning simulated game to prepare for Saturday’s split-squad Grapefruit League openers.