The Mets have added an organizational arm who spent the last two seasons across town.
Hard-throwing right-hander Stephen Ridings was claimed by the Mets off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Long Island native missed nearly the entire 2022 season with a shoulder injury, making two one-inning minor-league appearances in September.
“Super thankful for my, albeit short, time with the Yankees and the fans,” Riding wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “On to new opportunities.”
Ridings has five MLB appearances under his belt, all with the Yankees in 2021. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.
He was selected by the Cubs in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. He was traded to the Royals in 2019 and after being released after the 2020 season signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees.