The New York Mets today announced that they claimed outfielder Jason Pridie off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated righthanded pitcher Jack Egbert for assignment.
Pridie, 26, appeared in one game for Minnesota last season, entering as a pinch-runner on June 20. He spent the rest of the season playing with Rochester (AAA) of the International League, hitting .265 (136-513) with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 121 games.
Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2002 First Year Player Draft, Pridie went to the Twins in a six-player trade headlined by outfielder Delmon Young and righthanded pitcher Matt Garza on November 28, 2007. The 6-1, 205-pound Pridie made his major league debut the next season and appeared in 10 games.
The team claimed Egbert off waivers from Chicago (AL) on September 25, 2009. The righthander did not appear in a game for the Mets last season.