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Rafael Ortega: Hits open market
Ortega elected to become a free agent Tuesday.
Ortega cleared waivers after being pushed off the Mets' 40-man roster last week. The 32-year-old outfielder drew regular playing time down the stretch this season in Queens but finished with an ugly .219 batting average and .613 OPS across 136 total plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Removed from 40-man
The Mets placed Ortega on outright waivers Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Ortega became an everyday part of the Mets' outfield in the second half of the season, but he'll now be booted from the active roster after slashing .219/.341/.272 across 136 plate appearances. The 32-year-old Ortega will likely elect free agency if he goes unclaimed off waivers.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Added to lineup Wednesday
Ortega was added to the lineup for Wednesday's game at Miami.
Ortega will start in left field and bat sixth versus the Marlins and right-hander Eury Perez after DJ Stewart (wrist) had to be scratched just before first pitch.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Loses hold of regular role
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Ortega appears to have lost of his regular spot in the lineup against right-handed pitching in the wake of the Mets promoting top prospect Ronny Mauricio from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. With Mauricio picking up his third straight start at second base Sunday, Jeff McNeil will make his third consecutive start in the outfield, leaving no room in the lineup for Ortega. Since being promoted from Syracuse himself Aug. 1, Ortega has slashed .238/.337/.300 in 92 plate appearances with the Mets.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: On bench against lefty
Ortega is out of the lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Ortega has put together a three-game hitting streak, but the 32-year-old left-handed hitter will take a seat Tuesday with southpaw Andrew Heaney toeing the slab for Texas. Tim Locastro is covering left field and batting ninth for the Mets.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Not starting Friday
Ortega isn't in the Mets' lineup Friday against the Angels.
Ortega will get a breather as the Halos send left-hander Patrick Sandoval to the mound to start Friday's contest. Tim Locastro will start in left field and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Pops first homer
Ortega went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Monday's win over Atlanta.
The journeyman outfielder took Allan Winans deep in the second inning for his first homer of 2023. Ortega has started 14 of the last 16 games, mostly in center field, and he's earned that playing time with a .280/.345/.360 slash line, three steals, five RBI and nine runs. The 32-year-old isn't part of the Mets' future, but he seems poised to be a big part of the team's patchwork lineup for the rest of the season.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Sitting against lefty
Ortega is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Tim Locastro will start in center field and bat ninth as the Mets take on left-hander Bailey Falter. The left-handed-hitting Ortega went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's series-opening victory over Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Knocks three hits
Ortega went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
Ortega scored the Mets' first run of the game in the third inning and later ripped a two-run single in the fifth. It was his second multi-hit game of the year and first three-hit performance. In 12 games since being promoted to the MLB level, he's slashing .243/.317/.270 with four runs scored and one extra-base hit.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Sitting Game 2 on Saturday
Ortega is not in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Saturday versus Atlanta, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Ortega will take a seat after he went 1-for-7 with two walks, a strikeout and a stolen base over the first two games of the series. Brandon Nimmo will slide over to left field while Tim Locastro enters the lineup in center field and bats ninth against Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Seeing steady playing time
Ortega will start in left field and bat eighth in Monday's game against the Cubs.
Ortega has recorded just two hits in 15 at-bats since he was called up from Triple-A Syracuse last Tuesday, but he's picked up starts in the outfield in six of the Mets' ensuing seven games. With Tommy Pham and Mark Canha getting moved at the trade deadline and with Starling Marte (groin) landing on the injured list Monday, Ortega looks like he'll have a fairly clear path to steady playing time despite having yet to offer much production at the dish.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Contract selected Tuesday
The Mets selected Ortega's contract from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Ortega joined New York on a minor-league deal in mid-June and will join the big club Tuesday to help fill out the roster after the Mets shipped off numerous players at the trade deadline. The 32-year-old had a .689 OPS with the Cubs last season and had a .230/.379/.398 slash line in 30 games for Syracuse.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Rafael Ortega: Gets minors deal from Mets
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Friday, Michael Mayer of MetsmerizedOnline.com reports.
Ortega was released by the Rangers earlier this month after slashing .226/.333/.381 with five home runs and eight stolen bases across 199 plate appearances. He's capable of playing all three outfield spots and will give the Mets some veteran depth at Triple-A Syracuse.... See More ... See Less
Rafael Ortega: Cut by Texas
The Rangers released Ortega on Wednesday.
It's not clear whether Ortega asked for his release or the team decided to cut him loose. The veteran outfielder slashed .226/.333/.381 with five home runs and eight stolen bases across 199 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Rafael Ortega: Joins Rangers
Ortega signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Ortega was released from his contract with the Yankees after failing to make the big-league team this spring. He'll now have the chance to earn a more substantial role with Texas, which has a need in center field so long as Leody Taveras (oblique) is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Rafael Ortega: Granted release by Yankees
Ortega was released by the Yankees on Tuesday, Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports.
The Yanks haven't publicly revealed Ortega's status yet, but Adams hears that he was told he would not make the roster and, as a result, requested and was granted his release. Presumably, that means Estevan Florial has officially made the team. Ortega will now look to catch on elsewhere.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Rafael Ortega: Good shot to win roster spot
Ortega has a good shot to win an Opening Day roster spot with the Yankees following the injury to Harrison Bader (oblique), Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
Manager Aaron Boone noted that Ortega was firmly in the mix even before Bader's injury and now his roster spot might be cinched. He could even get a good number of starts in center field while Bader is out if the team prefers to keep Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks on the corners. Ortega posted a .753 OPS as a semi-regular with the Cubs over the previous two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Rafael Ortega: Catches on with Yankees
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday, Empire Sports Media reports.
The deal presumably includes an invite to major-league spring training. Ortega is a solid depth signing for a team which has a couple injury risks in center field in Harrison Bader and Aaron Hicks and a left fielder in Oswaldo Cabrera whose main experience is as an infielder. The 31-year-old had an .823 OPS as a part-timer with the Cubs in 2021 before falling off to a .688 OPS in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Rafael Ortega: Becomes free agent
The Cubs declined to tender Ortega a contract for 2023, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
With that, Ortega is now a free agent. This comes just a little over a year after Ortega's incredible run in his debut with the Cubs (.291/.360/.463 line, 11 homers and 12 steals in his first 103 games). As is often the case, the league started pitching him differently and the results suffered. Ortega is already 31 but figures to stick around the league for now as a reserve outfielder.... See More ... See Less
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