Mercer was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
The 34-year-old was one of nine Nationals players that landed on the COVID-19 IL after last week's outbreak, but he apparently isn't one of the infected players. Mercer should serve as a utility infielder for Washington.
The Nationals placed Mercer on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Mercer is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question actually tested positive, but it's uncertain whether Mercer is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players who tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. Mercer had been projected to begin the season as a utility infielder for Washington, but his absence likely paves the way for Luis Garcia or Carter Kieboom to handle those duties.
Mercer's contract was selected by the Nationals on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Mercer didn't turn heads at the plate this spring, as he hit .200 with two extra-base hits and three runs in 17 Grapefruit League games. However, he'll serve as infield depth to begin the regular season after Luis Garcia and Carter Kieboom were optioned to Triple-A on Saturday.
Mercer signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 34-year-old appeared in nine games between the Tigers and Yankees last season, going 4-for-20 with two runs scored. Mercer will provide infield depth for Washington if he manages to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mercer accepted an outright assignment to the Yankees' alternate training site Thursday.
He was booted off the 40-man roster earlier in the week but is willing to remain in the organization as infield depth going forward.
Mercer was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.
Mercer had previously been designated for assignment by the Tigers back in early August before joining the Yankees on a minor-league deal. Between the two teams, the veteran has managed just four hits in nine games this season.
Mercer will start at shortstop and will bat eighth Sunday in the first game of the Yankees' doubleheader with the Mets.
Now starting for the third game in a row, Mercer looks like he may have supplanted Tyler Wade as the primary option at shortstop while Gleyber Torres (hamstring) is sidelined. Mercer offers a reliable glove in the middle infield, but the career .257/.315/.387 hitter doesn't have much fantasy upside.
Mercer's contract was purchased from the Yankees' alternate training site Friday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Gio Urshela is day-to-day with bone spurs in his elbow, so the Yankees added an extra infielder in Mercer. Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada have been getting the recent work in the middle infield, but Mercer could be in the lineup somewhere on the dirt for Friday's nightcap.
Mercer signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday.
He'll join the Yankees' 60-man roster pool and provide the organization with some extra depth up the middle after second baseman DJ LeMahieu was ruled out for at least 2-to-3 weeks after spraining his left thumb Saturday. For now, the Yankees will turn to Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada to handle the keystone while LeMahieu is idle, but Mercer could be the next man up for a promotion if New York loses another infielder at any point.
Mercer was designated for assignment by the Tigers and elected free agency Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
He cleared waivers and will now look to catch on with a club that needs a veteran shortstop. Mercer is 2-for-9 with one run and one strikeout in three games.
The Tigers selected Mercer's contract Thursday.
Mercer is expected to open the season as the primary backup shortstop, but he could end up seeing steady action if the versatile Niko Goodrum is needed to play elsewhere around the diamond or in the outfield. In his first season with Detroit in 2019, Mercer slashed .270/.310/.438 with nine home runs, 24 runs and 22 RBI across 271 plate appearances.
Mercer is likely to make the Tigers' active roster as a utility infielder, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The team would still need to add Mercer to the 40-man roster, but that is expected to happen in the coming days. The veteran should serve as a backup at all four infield positions. He's not a particularly exciting fantasy option, though his value could climb some if he finds everyday at-bats at some point.
Mercer will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
The veteran infielder was released and re-signed to an NRI deal back in April as a procedural move, but he was fully expected to earn a reserve spot with the Tigers. Mercer can back up several positions and provide a decent bat (.270/.310/.438 slash line in 74 games for Detroit last season), though he's unlikely to play enough to make a fantasy impact.
Mercer could back up all four infield spots this season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Mercer was released and re-signed to an NRI deal by the Tigers in April, and the veteran could serve as a super-utility player when the regular season is able to begin. Mercer slashed .270/.310/.438 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in 74 games last year, but a lack of an everyday role will keep his fantasy appeal limited in 2020.
Mercer was released and re-signed to an NRI deal with the Tigers this week, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The Tigers had to re-work Mercer's contract to account for later dates to opt out since spring training was suspended. He will still be in camp competing for a roster spot when things resume. Mercer hit .300 with one home run in 22 plate appearances this spring.
Mercer went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Mercer connected in the sixth inning for his first home run of the spring, and he's now sporting a .794 OPS in Grapefruit League play. The veteran recorded nine home runs and a .748 OPS in 74 games for the Tigers last season, and he profiles as a utility infielder heading into 2020, which limits his appeal.
Mercer signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Mercer is back with the Tigers after appearing in 74 games for Detroit in 2019, posting a .270/.310/.438 slash line with nine home runs and 22 RBI. The veteran will fight to claim a role on the team's Opening Day roster as a utility infielder.
Mercer remains on the bench Tuesday against the Twins.
Mercer had been seemingly the starting second baseman in mid-September but appears to have lost that role, as he's sitting for the third straight game. Harold Castro starts for the third time in four games.
Mercer is not starting Wednesday against Cleveland.
Mercer hits the bench after hitting three straight games. Harold Castro takes over at second base in his absence.
Mercer went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Monday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.
Mercer got Detroit on the board in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season, then came around to score again in the sixth. The veteran infielder is slashing a solid .281/.391/.460 this year, though his playing time has dipped a bit in the second half with the rebuilding Tigers getting a look at some younger players.
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