Pillar agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with New York on Monday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.
The two sides were said to be in serious talks earlier in the evening, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and an agreement has since been reached. Pillar will provide the Mets with outfield depth and figures to also see plenty of starting opportunities. He has the flexibility to play all three outfield positions, though he's played primarily in center and right field throughout his big-league career. At the very least, the right-handed hitter will be in the lineup against almost all southpaws, and his defense should earn him some starts against righties as well.
Pillar went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Friday's 11-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Pillar went hitless in the first game of Friday's twin bill against Arizona, but he bounced back quickly and posted a three-hit performance during the nightcap -- it was the eighth time he accomplished that feat in Colorado's last 13 games. The center fielder is hitting a robust .412 with a 1.013 OPS during that stretch.
Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run, an RBI and two stolen bases Tuesday in the Rockies' 5-2 loss to the Giants.
After slashing .387/.406/.452 in nine games during the Rockies' recent homestand, Pillar has continued to remain hot at the dish during the team's season-ending road trip. He's produced four hits through the first two games of the series in San Francisco, and the two steals were especially useful for fantasy managers trying to make up ground in that category. As one of the hotter hitters in the Colorado lineup, Pillar should continue to play regularly over the final week of the season as the Rockies chase down a long-shot playoff bid.
Pillar went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Monday's 7-2 win over the Giants.
Pillar hit his second homer for the Rockies in the third inning, giving them a 3-0 lead at the time. He's been excellent in his last eight games, going 13-for-31 (.419) with three RBI and six runs scored in that span. The outfielder has six homers, 22 RBI, 31 runs scored and three stolen bases in 48 games between the Rockies and the Red Sox in 2020.
Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double Saturday in the Rockies' 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Pillar has seized an everyday day role since joining the Rockies at the trade deadline Aug. 31. Through 16 games with the club, Pillar is batting .293, with his average climbing of late on the back of three multi-hit games in a row. He'll look to extend that streak in the series finale Sunday, when he'll bat second while serving as Colorado's designated hitter.
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Friday's 8-4 win over the Angels.
Pillar picked up his second steal in nine games with the Rockies. The outfielder is slashing just .200/.243/.343 in 35 at-bats since he was traded from the Red Sox. He has three steals, five homers, 19 RBI and 25 runs scored in 39 contests this year. With David Dahl back from a back injury, Pillar will need to improve at the plate to see consistent playing time.
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a grand slam during Friday's loss at Dodger Stadium.
Trailing 5-2 in the eighth, Pillar smacked a grand slam against Caleb Ferguson to give the Rockies the lead. It was the fifth long ball of the season for veteran outfielder, who was traded to Colorado on Aug. 31. In his first three games with his new squad, Pillar is 3-for-12 with six RBI.
Pillar went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs, two RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants.
The veteran outfielder went 0-for-3 in his Colorado debut Tuesday, but he had a much more productive showing Wednesday. Pillar has a .272/.321/.472 slash line with four homers, seven doubles, three triples, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in 32 games this season.
Pillar was traded from the Red Sox to the Rockies on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Pillar saw heavy playing time in Boston's outfield while slashing .274/.325/.470 with 13 extra-base hits, 20 runs and 13 RBI to begin the season. He'll now get to play his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. He should continue to see heightened playing time in Colorado.
Pillar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional run scored and a triple in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Pillar's first run came after his second-inning triple, as he was able to score on a Jackie Bradley groundout. Pillar later added an insurance run with his long ball in the fourth off Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez. The 31-year-old Pillar has four homers, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored and a stolen base through 29 games this season. He's added two triples and six doubles among his 30 total hits.
Pillar went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Pillar, batting leadoff against left-hander Wade LeBlanc, opened the game with a home run, then stole third base and scored again in the sixth inning. He opened the season as the fourth outfielder but has appeared in 25 of 29 games and is second on the team with 16 runs. His playing time could take a hit when Andrew Benintendi (ribs) returns, but given that the Red Sox will be sellers at the trade deadline, Pillar may be an attractive piece for a contender.
Pillar went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees.
Pillar got the Red Sox on the board with his third-inning solo shot, his second homer of the year. The outfielder has added a .313/.352/.507 slash line with nine RBI and 10 runs scored in 18 contests this season. He's hit safely in his last five games, going 8-for-20 (.400) with a homer, four RBI and four runs scored in that span.
Pillar went 4-for-5 with a run scored Wednesday in the Red Sox's 9-5 loss to the Rays.
Pillar slotted in at the top of the order with lefty Blake Snell on the mound, but he'll shift down to fifth in the lineup in Thursday's series finale as right-hander Tyler Glasnow starts for the Rays. Though he opened the season as Boston's fourth outfielder, Pillar should be in store for a full-time role in the short term after Andrew Benintendi (ribs) was moved to the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Pillar started in right field and batted leadoff in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees. He went 1-for-4.
Per usual, Pillar was in the lineup against a left-hander, but this was the first time he's batted leadoff. Until now, Jose Peraza has been leading off against southpaws. The promotion in the batting order makes sense; Pillar has hit safely in five of six games, including two three-hit games, with a 1.117 OPS.
Pillar went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Mets.
Getting the start in right field and hitting fifth with rookie southpaw David Peterson on the mound for New York, Pillar was one of the few Boston hitters to have any real success. The veteran outfielder is now 7-for-12 to begin the season with four of his hits (three doubles and a homer) going for extra bases, but despite the hot start his playing time will likely depend on how often Boston continues to face left-handed pitching.
Pillar started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-4 loss to Baltimore.
With the Red Sox facing a lefty for the second time in three games, Pillar was placed in the starting lineup. He had three hits in Friday's opener as a fill-in for Alex Verdugo in right field; Sunday, Verdugo moved to left field in place of Andrew Benintendi to make room for Pillar. However lineups and defensive positions shake out, Pillar is expected to start against left-handers, likely in right field, while Verdugo, Benintendi or Jackie Bradley are reseted.
Pillar started in right field Friday and went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in a 13-2 win over the Orioles.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke made the surprising decision to sit lefty-hitting Alex Verdugo against left-hander Tommy Milone, opting instead for the right-handed-hitting Pillar. The decision proved to be a sage one. Verdugo slashed .327/.358/.485/.843 over 109 plate appearances last year, so it's hard to believe he'll be platooned after what the Red Sox sent to the Dodgers to acquire him. Pillar is expected to start whenever a lefty is on the mound, per Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, but he could replace Andrew Benintendi or Jackie Bradley, not just Verdugo.
Pillar and Jose Peraza are in consideration for the leadoff role against lefties, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Andrew Benintendi is expected to lead off against righties but may not wind up getting that assignment against same-sided pitching. A part-time leadoff role would boost Pillar's value, but he's likely to be on the bench against right-handers, which could limit his viability to deeper leagues. Additionally, with on-base percentages no higher than .303 in any of the last four seasons, it's not clear that Pillar is the best choice for the task.
Pillar is expected to be in the lineup whenever the Red Sox face a left-hander, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
With J.D. Martinez expected to serve as the everyday designated hitter, the door is open for the right-handed-hitting Pillar to be the fourth outfielder. That puts him in line to replace any of the three left-handed-hitting starters -- Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley or Alex Verdugo -- against southpaws.
Pillar is batting .355/.394/.484 with four doubles and two RBI over 12 spring appearances.
Pillar joined the Red Sox during the second week of spring training and was immediately penciled in as a reliable backup at all three outfield spots. When news broke that Alex Verdugo, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, may not be ready for the start of the season due to a stress fracture in his back, Pillar was presumed to be the logical fill-in starter in right field. Recent events leading MLB to push out Opening Day two weeks might give Verdugo enough time to be ready. In that event, Pillar goes back to being a backup and possible fill-in for center fielder Jackie Bradley, who has a history over extended batting slumps.
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