WATCH: Trayce Thompson Makes Case for Mets Roster Spot With Massive Grand Slam

Veteran outfielder hits the first grand slam of the season for the New York Mets.

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Spring Training is in full swing and the New York Mets just had their first grand slam in their third game, courtesy of veteran outfielder Trayce Thompson.

The Mets, like every other team at this stage of the offseason, are taking a look at their young prospects and non-roster invitees to shape out their final roster ahead of the new season. In their third game of the spring against the Washington Nationals, the Mets got a chance to evaluate Max Kranick, the right-handed pitcher they acquired via waivers from the Pirates last month.

However, with all eyes on Kranick and the young prospects, it was the 32-year-old journeyman Trayce Thompson who shone the brightest.

WATCH: Trayce Thompson Grand Slam

Thompson has bounced around the league since stepping into the majors in 2015. He spent last season between the LA Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox, slashing .163/.285/.294 for a 58 OPS+, six home runs, and 17 RBI in 72 games.

His career numbers of .212/.300/.411 leaves plenty to be desired but Thompson has extensive experience playing all three outfield positions. His versatility can come in handy for the Mets.

However, there is no guarantee that Thompson will make the team. He is currently on a minor-league deal and is a non-roster invitee trying to make the final roster as a backup.

Thompson is the younger brother of NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors legend Klay Thompson.

Since the Mets are in rebuilding mode, having Trayce Thompson around might not make too much sense. The Mets aren't expected to be competitive this season and will focus on developing young talent. They are a long shot (+186) to make the playoffs in 2024, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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