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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Burke, Nickeas, Mets Baserunning, Duda, Dickey

Mets News and Notes:

Attention Mets Fans: The Mets have bought out Jason Bay, who had been owed $19 million. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Greg Burke to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Burke, 30, split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization. He went a combined 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 17 saves in 44 appearances.

Burke's lone major league experience came in 2009 with the Padres. He had a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

He originally is a product of Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic.

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

The New York Mets were the fourth worst baserunning team in baseball in 2012, with a net base gain of -5. This placed them between the Cleveland Indians (-48) and the Texas Rangers (-4). The Mets took the fewest extra bases last season at 122; the National League Champion San Francisco Giants took the most extra bases with 203.

The James/BIS system is based on a system of pluses and minuses that measures both success as a base stealer and the ability to move up an extra base or score on things like a hit, sac fly, passed ball, wild pitch, balk, or defensive indifference. [Mike] Trout, for example, has a +51 overall score as a baserunner, while [Carlos] Santana was a -45. James estimates the difference between the two baserunning scores resulted in about 20 more runs for Trout’s team than for Santana’s.

Lucas Duda suffered a fractured right wrist moving furniture in his Southern California apartment and underwent surgery on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Mets announced.

The team added that Duda should be ready for spring training. The surgery was performed by team doctor Andrew Weiland.

Fellow players voted R.A. Dickey the NL's top pitcher in the Players Choice awards. Gio Gonzalez and Johnny Cueto were the other finalists. The Cy Young Award will be announced Nov. 14. Dickey led the league in strikeouts (230), innings (233 2/3), complete games (five) and shutouts (three) while notching 20 wins.

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