NEW YORK – The only major league player to kneel during the national anthem in 2017 to protest racial injustice, catcher Bruce Maxwell has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets for next year and major league spring training will report.
Maxwell was in the major leagues with the Oakland Athletics from 2016 to 2018 and spent 2019 with Esreros de Monclova of Mexico. He signed a minor league deal with the Mets on July 30 and was at his alternate training venue in Brooklyn. Maxwell, who turned 30 on December 20, has a .240 average, 22 doubles, five homers and 42 RBIs in 127 major league games.
He was among nine minor league free agents who agreed to minor league deals and would report to big league spring training, joined by right-handed Arodis Vizcano, Oscar de la Cruz and Harol Gonzalez; Outfielders Malax Smith and Johneshwari Fargas; With Joseph Perza and Jake Hager; And catcher David Rodriguez.
In addition, infants Luis Carpio and Michele Tolman agreed to minor league contracts without a spring training invitation.
Vizcainio, 29, is 13-11 with 50 saves and a 3.01 ERA in seven seasons with the Atlanta and Chicago Cubs, last in 2019.
The 26-year-old, Perza, appears in the plate at 120 with eight doubles at .225, a homer and eight RBIs this season and is a six-year big league veteran.