Ji Man Choi
1B,DH - New York Mets - NRI
Ji Man Choi has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
Choi has already reported to Mets' spring training and will compete for a spot on the opening-day roster. The 32-year-old lefty struggled last season with the Pirates and Padres, hitting .163 with a 68 OPS+.
The San Diego Padres have acquired first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Choi and starting pitcher Rich Hill went to the Padres on Tuesday afternoon. The veteran first baseman hasn't been at his best at the plate this season, hitting just .205 while seeing his walk rate dip to just 2.6% on the season, but he has also hit six homers in just 76 trips to the plate.
Pirates first baseman Ji Man Choi is back in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Padres.
Choi didn't start against a left-handed Blake Snell on Tuesday but will return to take on righty Seth Lugo on Wednesday. Choi has struggled in his brief time with the Pirates this season, hitting just .183, although he does have five home runs in just 63 trips to the plate.
Ji Man Choi launched a solo home run, driving in one run and scoring one run himself, as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 8-5 on Friday.
Friday’s effort brings his season totals to five home runs, nine RBI, and a .186 batting average in 18 games played.
Ji Man Choi returns to the lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Cleveland Guardians Wednesday.
Choi is back after sitting out Tuesday night for general rest, starting at first base and batting cleanup against the Guardians Wednesday.