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Mets sign Pillar to 1-year deal, cut Heredia

San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 31: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run home run in the top of the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 31, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Phillies 5-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Center fielder Kevin Pillar and the Mets finalized a $5 million, one-year contract Sunday night that adds depth and balance to New York’s outfield.

To make room on the Mets’ roster, outfielder Guillermo Heredia was designated for assignment.

The 32-year-old Pillar provides a proven center fielder and experienced right-handed hitter to potentially platoon with Brandon Nimmo. All three of New York’s projected regulars in the outfield bat left-handed: Nimmo, right fielder Michael Conforto and left fielder Dominic Smith.

Pillar joins Albert Almora Jr. as right-handed-hitting options on the bench or in part-time roles.

Pillar split last season between Boston and Colorado, hitting a combined .288 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 54 games. He batted .342 with a .969 OPS against left-handed pitching.

The durable Pillar spent six-plus years with Toronto and also has played for San Francisco during his eight-year career, batting .262 with 82 homers, 88 stolen bases and a .299 on-base percentage. He is a .286 career hitter with a .784 OPS against lefties and was a Gold Glove finalist each season from 2015-17.

Pillar and the Mets agreed to contract terms last week, subject to a successful physical. New York is set to begin full-squad workouts at spring training this week.

Heredia played for New York and Pittsburgh last season, hitting .212 with two homers and five RBIs in 15 games.