Showing posts with label Minor League Contract. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minor League Contract. Show all posts

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mets News: Mets have signed D.J. Mitchell to a minor league contract

Mets News:

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell to a minor league contract.

Mitchell, 25, made four relief appearances for the Yankees last season, but has worked as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues.

He was traded to the Seattle Mariners last July 23 in the deal that brought Ichiro Suzuki to the Bronx.

Mitchell made one start for Triple-A Tacoma this season before being designated for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Endy Chavez with the Mariners. After clearing waivers, he was granted free agency on April 13 at his request. He allowed three runs in four innings in the lone Pacific Coast League appearance.

Mitchell had a 2.96 ERA in eight starts with Tacoma last season after the trade.

Mitchell's career stats:
2012 25 NYY AL 0 0 3.86 4 3 4.2 7 2 2 1 3 2
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Friday, January 04, 2013

Mets sign Infielder Omar Quintanilla again to a minor league contract

Former Orioles infielder Omar Quintanilla has signed a minor league deal with the Mets.

The Orioles acquired Quintanilla from the Mets in July for cash and he immediately became a contributor at second base, becoming the everyday starter there from late July through mid-August. But as Quintanilla's bat cooled, he made just four starts over the regular season’s final six weeks.

Quintanilla recorded a .232/.284/.354 batting line with three homers and 12 RBIs in 36 games with the Orioles while providing steady defense at second. He was 13-for-32 in his first nine starts, hitting .406 in that span.

The Orioles did not tender a contract to Quintanilla in late November, making him a free agent. The organization still expressed interest in signing Quintanilla to aid middle-infield organizational depth.

But instead Quintanilla chose to return to the Mets. He will receive an invitation to major league spring training.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Mets sign OF Andrew Brown to a minor league contract

The Mets announced that they signed outfielder Andrew Brown to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training.

Brown made his MLB with the 2011 Cardinals before the Rockies claimed him off of waivers from St. Louis. The 28-year-old spent part of the 2012 season with the Rockies, appearing in 46 games as a corner outfielder.

Brown, a right-handed hitter, posted a .232/.302/.429 batting line with five home runs in 126 plate appearances with the Rockies this past season.

He also appeared in 100 games at Triple-A, posting a .308/.364/.597 batting line with 24 home runs and 33 doubles. However, Colorado granted him free agency in November.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mets sign INF Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league deal

Infielder Matt Tuiasosopo, whose father and brother played in the NFL, has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

The 25-year-old hit .226 with 14 homers and 77 RBIs in 439 at-bats last season with Seattle’s Triple-A Tacoma farm team. He has a .176 average with five homers and 15 RBIs with the Mariners from 2008-10.

His father, Manu, was with the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons. His brother, Marques, was with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets for eight seasons.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jeff Francis signs a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds

Jeff Francis was a pitcher the Mets had on their radar, but he has decided to go to Cincinnati instead.

Free agent pitcher Jeff Francis signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, insider Jon Heyman has learned.

Francis, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Royals last season. He was once an effective starter, but that was back in 2006-07 with the Rockies.

Not only that, but the Reds have plenty of starting pitching. Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto are the top two in the rotation, with Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey in tow as well. Plus, left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman is being converted to a starter this spring as well. So even if Francis gets a nod in the rotation before long reliever Sam LeCure, he is the seventh option.

On the other hand, Latos, Cueto, Arroyo, Leake and Bailey are all right handed. If Chapman doesn't cut it as a starter, it's entirely possible Francis gets a look as the fifth starter at some point, just to have a lefty in there.

The Mets might still turn their attention to RHP Chris Young , who is coming off an arm injury.. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mets open to bringing back RHP Chris Young

Sandy Alderson tells ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the Mets are open to bringing back right-hander Chris Young, likely on a minor league contract.  Young made just four starts for the Mets last year before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, but he tells Crasnick that he hopes to be pitching by April and his "arm feels the best it has felt in quite some time" (both Twitter links).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seattle Mariners Take a Chance, Sign Oliver Perez to Minor League Contract

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, who won 15 games for the New York Mets in 2007 before hitting hard times, signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday. Perez, 30, was invited to major-league spring training.

Perez followed his breakthrough '07 season by going 10-7 in 34 starts for the Mets in 2008, earning a three-year, $36 million contract from the Mets.

But he was hampered by knee problems, eventually requiring surgery, in 2009, and went 3-4 with a 6.82 earned-run average in 14 starts. That was followed by a disastrous 2010 season, in which Perez went 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 17 games (seven starts).

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mets sign Infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract

Needing options as a backup middle infielder who can handle shortstop behind Ruben Tejada, the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, a major league source told

Quintanilla, 30, appeared in 11 games for the Texas Rangers last season. He went 1-for-22 (.045) with a triple, two RBIs and nine strikeouts. At Triple-A Round Rock, Quintanilla hit .298 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 208 at-bats.

He is a .213 career major league hitter in 522 at-bats spanning six seasons, primarily with the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets have Justin Turner available as a backup option, but ideally need someone who also can step in at shortstop.

The Mets have noted that Quintanilla missed the beginning of last season while completing a 2010 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Omar Quintanilla's Career Batting
 2005 COL 39 128 16 28 1 1 0 7 9 15 2 1 .219 .270 .242 .512
 2006 COL 11 34 3 6 1 1 0 3 3 9 1 1 .176 .243 .265 .508
 2007 COL 27 70 6 16 4 0 0 5 5 15 0 0 .229 .280 .286 .566
 2008 COL 81 210 28 50 17 0 2 15 15 46 0 0 .238 .288 .348 .635
 2009 COL 58 58 7 10 2 0 0 2 8 27 0 0 .172 .273 .207 .480
 2011 TEX 11 22 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 9 0 0 .045 .045 .136 .182
 Career 227 522 63 111 25 3 2 34 40 121 3 2 .213 .268 .284 .552

According to his statistics, he ain't much of a hitter - hope his glove is better than his bat..

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mets sign veteran backstop Rob Johnson

The Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Rob Johnson and invited him to spring training.

The 28-year-old Johnson batted .190 (34 for 179) with six doubles, one triple, a career-high three homers and 16 RBIs in 67 games for the San Diego Padres last season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson has hit .197 (128 for 649) with 35 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBIs in 228 games over five big league seasons with Seattle and the Padres.

Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas are expected to begin the season as the Mets’ catchers.

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nick Evans Signs with Pirates

Nick Evans, who had been with the Mets since the team made him him a fifth-round draft selection in 2004, has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his agent Marc Agar told the Daily News. Evans agreed to a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training.

In 2735 at-bats across eight minor league seasons, Evans posted an .822 OPS, and hit 107 home runs. In parts of four major league seasons, he had a .712 OPS. Frequently shuffling between the major and minors, Evans --who always impressed the organization and much of the fan base with his character and work ethic -- did not see many sustained opportunities with the Mets.

The Mets had been willing to re-sign Evans, despite removing him from the 40-man roster this month. Agar said that there was "extraordinary interest" in his client, and leaving the Mets was a difficult decision for Evans.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mets sign OF Adam Loewen to a minor league deal

The Mets have signed Adam Loewen to a minor league deal, Baseball America reports.

A former pitcher, the 27-year-old Loewen hit .306 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs in 520 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas while primarily manning right field last season. He also appeared in 14 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .188 with one homer.

He last appeared in the majors as a pitcher in 2008 with the Baltimore Orioles, when the southpaw went 0-2 with an 8.02 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Mets sign Miguel Batista to minor league contract

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Mets have signed RHP Miguel Batista to a minor league contract.

Batista was released by the Cardinals in June, as he went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 appearances and one start, walking 19 batters and allowing 27 hits in 29 1/3 innings this season.

The 40 year old Batista has played for the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Mariners, Blue Jays, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs and Marlins over his 17 year career. He’s 99-112 with a 4.51 ERA, and has served as both a starter and a reliever in his career.
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