The Mets have their first Major League signing under the ownership of Steve Cohen and it comes in the form of Sam McWilliams. McWilliams, 25, hasn’t even made his MLB debut yet.
He was drafted by the Phillies in 2014 before going to the Diamondbacks in the deal for Jeremy Hellickson. He was once again traded, this time to the Tampa Bay Rays, in the Steven Souza deal. The Royals took him in the 2019 Rule 5 draft but returned him after an awful Spring Training. The Rays released him last month.
He did spend a good amount of time on the Rays 60 player pool, all 2020 season, in fact. He was just never used. At 6’7, the tall righty has reached as high as Triple A. He’s posted an 8.18 ERA in 44 innings of work at Durham, however. It’s interesting to see that he got a Major League contract as opposed to a low-risk, minor league deal.