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Feb 24, 2020; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Mason Williams (38) smiles in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2020; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Mason Williams (38) smiles in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports
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The day after the New York Mets exploded for a season-high 13 runs against the Atlanta Braves was the same day they decided to give a promotion to one of the few bats performing well in Triple-A. Veteran outfielder Mason Williams, yet another former member of the New York Yankees, will join the Mets after starting off his time with the Syracuse team slashing .373/.458/.569 with a home run and 8 RBI.

Williams has been a wrecking ball at the Triple-A level for some time now. In 2019, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization, he slashed .308/.371/.477 with 18 home runs over the course of 494 plate appearances. One year earlier, this time with the Cincinnati Reds’ Triple-A squad, Williams hit .280/.341/.418. He did get 100+ chances on the major league team where he continued to perform well.

Williams isn’t a recognizable name to many fans because of how little MLB action he has seen since becoming a professional baseball player back in 2010. Thus far, the 29-year-old has stepped up to the plate 252 times in 97 games. The results aren’t actually as bad as you might imagine. He’s hitting .272/.309/.370 lifetime.

What does Mason Williams bring to the Mets?

A steamy hot bat is what Williams brings with him to New York. We haven’t seen many of them for long. They’re like the sweet potatoes I cook every Sunday night for my weekly lunches (am I in my 50s already?).

The Mets will need to make a corresponding roster move in order to fit Williams on the roster. Since he wasn’t a member of the 40-man yet, someone is either getting moved to the 60-day IL or getting designated for assignment. Could Cameron Maybin’s time with the Mets be up?

Regardless of whose roster spot Williams takes, he has certainly earned it. It’s a little surprising the Mets waiting as long as they did to promote him. Williams has been red hot for a while now and actually fits the bill of what they were looking for prior to adding Maybin and Billy McKinney. Perhaps the answer to their offensive woes was right under their noses this whole time.

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Most exciting of all for Mason, he’s coming off a game where he hit the most powerful of home runs, a grand slam. A part of me wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in a Mets starting lineup as soon as possible. I know hitting a grand slam on back-to-back days is unlikely, but why not see if we can make a little history?

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