Former speedy Phillies OF poised for Mets Opening Day roster

Travis Jankowski #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Travis Jankowski #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

After just one season with the Phillies, Travis Jankowski is poised to be a Met.

Albeit on the New York Mets spring training roster on a minor-league contract, signs are pointing toward former speedy Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Travis Jankowski making their division rival’s Opening Day roster.

The Mets were involved in recent trade discussions with the San Diego Padres that would have sent them first baseman Eric Hosmer and pitcher Chris Paddack. In exchange, seemingly perennial “Phillies killer” Dominic Smith would have been part of the package sent to the National League West club.

Smith is a career .290/.335/.529 hitter against the Phillies, where in 62 games he has 17 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 30 RBI. SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets may have been willing to part ways with the 26-year-old, because some members of their organization feel that Jankowski is a “better roster fit.”

Jankowski, 30, slashed .252/.364/.351 with six doubles, a pair of triples, one home run and 10 RBI, while successfully stealing each of his five attempts. In the field, meanwhile, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native did not commit a single error across 300 1/3 innings and 69 chances across each outfield position.

Perhaps the most memorable, or infamous, Jankowski moment as a member of the Phillies, however, was this:

Entering the final weekend of spring training, Jankowski slashed .235/.381/.616 through 17 spring training at-bats. On Friday, he hit 2-3 with a stolen base opposite the Houston Astros.

Considering Jankowski was recently mistakenly re-assigned to Triple-A on the Mets website, and now with the Smith to the Padres rumors, the tables have certainly turned for the former Phillies outfielder making the Mets Opening Day roster.

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