FLUSHING, N.Y., November 30, 2021 — The New York Mets today announced the team has signed outfielder Mark Canha to a two-year contract with a club option for 2024.
Canha, 32, has a .377 OBP over the last three seasons (2019–2021), the second-highest mark in the AL (min. 1,000 plate appearances). He also has 50 doubles, 48 homers, 205 runs scored, 181 walks with a 127 OPS+ during that span.
According to FanGraphs, Canha’s 8.3 WAR since 2019 ranks fourth among AL outfielders behind Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and George Springer.
“Mark is an extremely versatile player, who has an elite ability to get on base,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “He has gap-to-gap power and can hit in any spot in the lineup.”
He was fourth in the AL with .396 OBP (min. 450 plate appearances) in 2019 and was fifth in 2020 with a .387 OBP. In addition, he was hit by a pitch 27 times in 2021, tied for the fourth-most in American League history and was 11th in the AL in walks with 77.
The 6–2, 210-pounder is among five major league outfielders with a OBP better than .360 and more than 20 stolen bases since 2018, joining Juan Soto, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich (min. 400 games).
Canha slashed .231/.358/.387 with 22 doubles, four triples, 17 homers, 61 RBI, 12 stolen and 93 runs scored in 141 games for Oakland in 2021. He cracked a career-high 26 homers with a career-best .396 OBP in 2019.
Canha has slashed .244/.344/.431 with 107 doubles, 13 triples, 89 homers, 294 RBI, 255 walks and 346 runs scored in 645 major league games with Oakland (2015–2021). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the seventh round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.