Almora has played in seven games so far this season but only has four plate appearances, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.
The 27-year-old is very clearly the Mets' fifth outfielder right now, with Kevin Pillar getting the call to start instead whenever there's a vacancy in the outfield. Pillar's poor start at the plate could open the door for Almora to make his first start of the season this weekend if Brandon Nimmo (hip) is still on the mend, however.
Almora's chances of breaking camp on the big-league roster improved after Jose Martinez injured his knee, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
The last spot on the roster could still go to a pitcher, but if the Mets opt for another position player, Almora's track record against left-handed pitching (career .915 OPS against LHP) would give him an edge, and having another skilled defensive outfielder on the bench would also allow manager Luis Rojas to deploy Kevin Pillar a little more freely. Even if Almora does win a spot though, it's one that would have limited fantasy utility.
Almora agreed Sunday with the Mets on a contract, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets have been in the market all winter for a defensive-minded center fielder, and after Jackie Bradley's asking price proved to be too rich, the organization appears to have found its man in Almora. The 26-year-old was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after slashing .230/.270/.366 (62 wRC+) across the past two seasons, but he still graded out well defensively. If MLB decides to reverse course and allows the National League to use a full-time designated hitter in 2021, Almora would have a clearer path to a regular lineup spot. For the time being, he'll profile as a short-side platoon partner for Brandon Nimmo in center.
Almora was non-tendered by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
This move was widely anticipated, as Almora was never able to break through with the Cubs despite being a former top prospect. He will catch on elsewhere as a reclamation project, but he may not get a fully guaranteed contract.
Almora was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Almora saw limited playing time recently as he struggled at the plate once again in 2020 with a .167/.265/.200 slash line with one RBI and nine strikeouts over 30 at-bats. He'll attempt to get into a rhythm in South Bend and should be one of the Cubs' first callups if injuries occur in the outfield. Almora's removal from the 28-man roster makes room for newly-acquired Cameron Maybin.
Almora is starting in center field and batting ninth in Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
Almora enters the lineup with Ian Happ shifting over to left field. This will be Almora's first start since Friday and just his second start since Aug. 17, though he has appeared off the bench multiple times as a defensive replacement. For the season, Almora is slashing .174/.296/.174.
Almora went 2-for-3 with two singles in Friday's 10-1 loss to the White Sox.
Almora was one of the few Cubs to get anything going at the plate in the lopsided loss. It was also his first start in four days and only his fourth total start of the season. Ian Happ has taken the reins in center field with a strong start to the year, and Almora simply isn't playing enough right now to be much of a fantasy factor.
Almora will start in center field and bat eighth Monday in the first game of the Cubs' doubleheader with the Cardinals.
He'll step in for Ian Happ, who is getting a breather in the front end of the twin bill. Almora has previously appeared in 15 of the Cubs' 19 games, but he's started just twice before Monday.
Almora is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Ian Happ picks up his third straight start in center field to begin the season, so it would appear that Almora is truly a reserve option at this point. He offers good defense in center and should still get some playing time, but he may need Happ to slip up at the plate to become a fantasy factor in 2020.
Almora isn't in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup Friday against the Brewers.
Ian Happ gets the nod in center field, with Kyle Schwarber in left and Victor Caratini serving as the designated hitter. Exactly how the playing time breaks down at those positions may take a few games to sort out.
Chicago manager David Ross said he's been impressed by Almora at the plate and on the bases during summer camp, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Almora popped a home run against Jon Lester in an intrasquad game Friday and has stolen three bases during the team's summer scrimmages. "I think Albert had one of the best quarantines that you could have," Ross said. "Everybody comes in here a little bit differently after that long break. Almora did a phenomenal job of staying ready." The 26-year-old will probably split some time in center field with Ian Happ, but with National League teams now able to use a designated hitter, Happ could see some time there, allowing the superior defender Almora to get more time in the field.
Almora (ribs) looked good to manager David Ross Sunday and should be a full go moving forward, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Almora crashed into the center field wall in an intrasquad game Friday and bruised his ribs. He was able to stay in that game, so it didn't appear his injury was too serious, and this report confirms it.
Almora (ribs) was able to return to Friday's intrasquad matchup, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Almora was diagnosed with bruised left ribs after running into the center field wall Friday, but he returned to hit and play the field later in the game after being examined by medical personnel. The team may exercise caution as it monitors the issue over the coming days, but his return to the game signals that he's unlikely to be too limited by the injury.
Almora left Friday's intrasquad matchup early after crashing into the center field wall, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Almora ran into the center field wall when chasing a fly ball Friday and was down on the field for several minutes. However, he was able to leave the field under his own power, albeit slowly. The nature and severity of any injury he may have sustained are unclear. Whether the incident will impact his availability for Opening Day remains to be seen.
Almora could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Ian Happ and Steven Souza, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Before spring training was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Almora and Happ were competing for the primary role in center field, and that battle will likely continue into the regular season, whenever it is able to begin. The league has been mulling some ways to condense the schedule with games being held in just a few sites, and a universal DH idea has popped up as well. The latter development would bode well for Almora by giving him one more way to slot into the everyday lineup, but its far from certain it comes to fruition.
Almora (illness) is starting in center field and batting sixth in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 25-year-old was unavailable for Thursday's contest against the Rangers due to the illness, but he'll make a quick return to the field Friday. Almora is competing with Ian Happ for the Opening Day job in center field.
Almora isn't available for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers due to an illness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Teammates Yu Darvish and Jason Kipnis were scratched ahead of the game with flu-like symptoms, so Almora might have fallen victim to the bug as well. As long as he's able to make a full recovery from the illness within the next couple of weeks, Almora's availability for Opening Day shouldn't be impacted. Almora has been battling Ian Happ for the top job in center field this spring.
Almora went 1-for-3 and hit his second home run of the spring in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
Almora has been scorching hot to start spring training, as he's now batting .583 through five Cactus League games with those two home runs, six runs scored and six RBI. The 23-year-old showed up to camp with a reworked swing and it certainly looks to be making a difference in the early going. Almora is competing with Ian Happ for playing time in center field and is making a strong case for himself.
Almora reworked his swing over the offseason, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Almora needed to do something after hitting .236/.271/.381 last season, easily the worst line of his four-year big-league career. In his first game of the spring, he was noticeably more upright with less of an open stance. He also reduced his leg kick. It's too early to say whether or not the changes will help, but it gives at least some reason to believe he'll return to the more respectable numbers he posted early in his career.
Almora agreed to a one-year, $1.575 million deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This was Almora's first of three seasons as an arbitration-eligible player. He should once again serve as a part-time outfielder on the North Side.
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