Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Bench. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Bench. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mike Baxter's versatility might land him a roster spot on Mets

Mike Baxter wanted to show his versatility, so he gave the Mets Staff a little scouting report on himself. And center field wasn't at the top of his list.

"I wanted to give them a detailed analysis of what I'd done in the past," Baxter said. "It was right field, then first base, then left field, then center, in order of games played."

Now that injuries to Andres Torres and Scott Hairston have the Mets scrambling to sort out center field options, though, he wants to make sure he wasn't misunderstood.

"I feel good in the outfield. I feel good in center field," he said. "I take reps there. I work hard there. I'm glad I'm having an opportunity to play there, because in the past I've been behind other players. Even if it's just limited time in Spring Training, it's exciting to get a chance to play center, and I think it's important for my style of game to be able to play there."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Adam Loewen bidding for the Mets 5th outfielder spot

Adam Loewen left the black bat tucked in his locker when he exited the clubhouse Saturday morning. It has his name on it, but not his initials. The code on the bat – JC-22M – belongs to another player.

“I think it’s Jose Cruz Jr.’s,” Loewen said. “He doesn’t even play anymore.”

Finding this 34-inch piece of lumber was one of the most difficult elements of his conversion from pitcher to hitter. Loewen made 29 starts during his three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, going 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA.

But now he’s in Mets camp, bidding for the team’s fifth outfielder spot. The Mets are taking a close look. Loewen has played in five of the team’s first seven games and the early returns look good. He is hitting .333 after striking out in his only plate appearance during Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

“Just to be here is a blessing and a privilege, so I don’t put a lot of pressure on any one at-bat,” Loewen said. “There’s lots of time to get things done and show what kind of player I am.”

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was asked why so few pitchers try following Loewen’s path, attempting the leap from mound to plate.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Mets have "pretty much stopped pursuing" left-handed hitting outfielders

The Mets have “pretty much stopped pursuing” left-handed hitting outfielders, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The Mets had been linked to free agents such as Raul Ibanez, Kosuke Fukudome and Johnny Damon, but it now appears that they’ll take a wait-and-see approach.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mets looking to add lefty outfielder bat for their bench

Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News reports with Spring training is three weeks away, the Mets off-season work might not be complete.

According to two team insiders, the club is looking for a veteran left-handed bat for the bench, and is shopping in the aisle that includes Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon.

Ankiel or Fukudome could provide Terry Collins with a lefty pinch-hitter, occasional platoon partner for Jason Bay, and insurance against an injury to, or disappointing performance from, Bay, Lucas Duda, or Andres Torres.

After Willie Harris signed with Cincinnati, the Mets were left with two unproven players, Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen, as their options for the lefty off the bench.

Most major league managers prefer veterans in that role, because those players are accustomed to the unique challenges of irregular play and pinch-hitting — and because developing players are best served playing every day in Triple-A.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mets Monitoring left-handed hitting outfielder market

The Mets are "diligently monitoring" the market for left-handed-hitting outfielders such as Johnny Damon, Kosuke Fukudome, Rick Ankiel, Raul Ibanez and Juan Pierre, according to Jerry Crasnick of Crasnick adds that the surplus of players who fit that bill affords the cash-strapped Mets with some much-needed negotiating leverage (Twitter links).

Andres Torres is the Mets' projected starting center fielder, and he'll be flanked by Jason Bay in left and perhaps a platoon of Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda in right, so it's unclear as to what role one of the above-mentioned players would fill.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Mets agree to terms with Ronny Cedeno

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that shortstop Ronny Cedeno and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal, which also includes performance bonuses, is subject to a physical.

Cedeno, who turns 29 next month, hit .249 with two homers and 32 RBIs last year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He figures to back up Ruben Tejada following the departure of All-Star Jose Reyes, who agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal with the Miami Marlins.

Ronny Cedeno close to signing with the Mets?

The Mets and free agent shortstop Ronny Cedeno have reached a critical point in their negotiations, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, they haven't agreed to a deal yet, but there could be a verdict soon, Rubin reports.

Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger tweets that the sides are nearing a deal and that Cedeno is still considering his options.

The Mets seek infield depth behind Ruben Tejada and have been linked to free agents such as Cedeno, Jack Wilson and Ryan Theriot.

The Pirates declined Cedeno's option earlier this offseason, after he posted a .249/.297/.339 line in 454 plate appearances. The Red Sox and Pirates were also linked to Cedeno earlier this offseason.


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Friday, December 16, 2011

Mets sign Mike Baxter to a minor League Contract

Four days after he was bounced from the Mets major-league roster, Mike Baxter agreed to a minor-league deal to remain with the club. Baxter, a 27-year-old outfielder from Whitestone, received an invitation to major-league camp.

The Mets claimed Baxter off waivers from the San Diego Padres last summer. He managed a .791 on-base plus slugging percentage during a brief call-up.

Baxter was non-tendered on Monday evening to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent acquisition Jon Rauch. The team is still juggling pieces on its roster, as it needs to also add reliever Frank Francisco to the roster. Plus, they still have interest in finding a backup shortstop, keeping in contact with the agents for veterans Ronny Cedeno and Jack Wilson.
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