Mets sign OF Cabrera, RHP Strickland, INF Beckham

The New York Mets signed veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, right-hander Hunter Strickland and infielder Gordon Beckham to minor league contracts on Monday.The Mets said the three players will be part of the team’s 60-player pool with preparations for the season due to start on Friday.The 35-year-old Cabrera is 38 hits away from 2,000 for his career. He has a .285 career average with 144 homers and 854 RBIs in 1,887 games.Cabrera has played with eight major league teams since 2005, including five-plus seasons with the New York Yankees to begin his career. He was a National League All-Star with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 before his season ended prematurely due to a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone.Strickland, 31, split the 2019 season between the Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals and went 2-1 with a 5.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He spent his first five seasons with the Giants and stands 16-15 with a 3.16 ERA and 21 saves in 281 career relief appearances.