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

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Mets sign outfielders Patterson and Wilson to Minor league Deals


The New York Mets have signed outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league contracts.

Both players were last in the major leagues in 2011, and the Mets said Wednesday they will report to minor league camp.

The 33-year-old Patterson hit .252 with 118 homers and 431 RBIs in a 12-year big league career for seven teams. Last season he played 117 games for Milwaukee’s Triple-A Nashville club. He batted .251 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs.

Wilson, 29, has spent 11 years in the minors, all with the Seattle organization. He spent about a month with the Mariners in 2011 and was 4 for 27 (.148) with a double and three RBIs. In 2012, he batted .239 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mets sign RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal


The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).

The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph, according to FanGraphs, though his 5.4% swinging strike rate was the lowest of his lengthy career.

If Hawkins makes the roster, the Mets will become the tenth team for which he's pitched at the Major League level. The Reynolds Sports Management client has a career 4.45 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and 47.8 percent ground-ball rate in 1303 2/3 innings.

He's been significantly better as a reliever (3.36 ERA in 518 1/3 innings) than he was a starter early on in his career (6.11 ERA in 785 1/3 innings).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mets sign Feliciano to Minor League Deal, Settle with Ike Davis


Left-hander Pedro Feliciano is returning to the New York Mets, who also settled their salary arbitration case with first baseman Ike Davis.

The Mets said Monday that Feliciano had agreed to a minor league contract after two injury-plagued seasons across town with the Yankees. The 36-year-old left-hander never pitched in a game for the Yankees, spending two years of the disabled list because of a torn capsule in his left shoulder after signing an $8 million contract.

Feliciano had surgery Sept. 8, 2011, and made 10 injury rehabilitation appearances in the minors last year. He has a 1.23 ERA in seven games with Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Davis gets $3,125,000, six times the $506,690 he earned last year when he hit .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs. He had asked for $3.7 million when players and teams swapped figures last week and had been offered $2,825,000.

The Mets announced the agreement Saturday.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is the only Mets player remaining in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $512,196 to $3.4 million. The team offered $2.55 million.

Without an agreement, a hearing would be held next month.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mets sign LHP Laffey to a Minor League Deal



The Mets signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

Laffey went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, including 16 starts. He also made 11 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, going 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA. Over a six-year big league career with the Indians, Mariners, Yankees and Blue Jays, Laffey has produced a 4.38 ERA in 148 appearances, including 65 starts.

The 27-year-old could compete for the vacant fifth slot in New York's starting rotation, though general manager Sandy Alderson has said he will take a hard look at more expensive free-agent candidates who would command a guaranteed job. The Mets had a full starting five until they traded R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays earlier this month.

Laffey could also compete with fellow lefties Josh Edgin, Robert Carson and Darin Gorski for a job in the bullpen, or provide rotation depth in the Minors.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mets sign INF Brad Emaus and OF Fred Lewis to Minor League Deals


The Mets added a pair of potentially useful pieces signing infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis to minor league deals.

Lewis plays all three outfield positions, and has a solid .780 OPS career against right-handed pitchers. Put another way: if the Mets were looking to set Scott Hairston up in a platoon in left or right field, Lewis would be a perfectly reasonable guy to join Hairston in it.

As for Emaus, the patience and power at second base should provide depth there. I think the move tells us that they aren’t sold on Bobby Scales, the second baseman at Buffalo, to step in if the Mets need someone at the position.

I thought Emaus was going to stick around last year after the great spring he had , but he fell short of greatness in the Majors..... Good to see Emaus back in a Mets uniform.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mets and RHP Chris Young agree to terms on a minor league deal


The New York Mets and pitcher Chris Young agreed to terms on a minor-league contract,

the team announced on Monday.

Young spent the 2011 campaign with the Mets and held a 1-0 record with a 1.88 earned run average in four starts before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his right anterior shoulder capsule -- the same injury the sidelined teammate Johan Santana for the 2011 season.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander has been hampered by injuries of late, appearing in just eight games over the past two seasons.

A third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000, Young has appeared in 139 games -- all starts -- with the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Mets over his eight-year career and holds a 49-34 record with a 3.74 ERA.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mets sign RHP Kevin Mulvey to Minor League deal


Four years later, one of the key pieces in the Johan Santana trade is back with the Mets.

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Mulvey -- one of four players they dealt to Minnesota for Santana after the 2007 season -- to a Minor League contract.

Mulvey, 26, appeared in just two big league games for the Twins and eight for the D-backs, most recently in 2010. Arizona released him last month, following a 2011 season that saw

Mulvey post a 6.64 ERA over 19 starts with Triple-A Reno.

The Mets' top pick (62nd overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Mulvey joined pitchers Phil Humber and Deolis Guerra and outfielder Carlos Gomez in the January 2008 deal that sent Santana to New York. As a prerequisite to the trade, the Mets extended Santana's contract for six years and $137.5 million -- a record at the time for pitchers.


Though Santana has not pitched in a big league game since September 2010 due to a left shoulder injury, none of the players the Mets dealt to Minnesota ever blossomed into stars. Humber has enjoyed the most success of the group, breaking out in his White Sox debut last season. Gomez developed into a part-time player for the Twins and later the Brewers, with Guerra yet to crack the Major Leagues.

Mulvey will report to Mets Minor League camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mets re-sign RHP Miguel Batista, Add RHP Fernando Cabrera and SS Sean Kazmar to minor league squad


Here's the team's official announcement:

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed RHP Miguel Batista and RHP Fernando Cabrera to minor league contracts and invited both to major league Spring Training.

Batista, 40, split last season between St. Louis and the Mets, finishing 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA (24 earned runs/60.0 innings) in 35 games, five starts between the two clubs. The 6-1, 210-pounder started the year with the Cardinals and went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA (15 earned runs/29.1 innings) in 26 games, one start, before the team released him on June 22. He signed with the Mets on July 5 and made 10 appearances with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, compiling a 3-0 record and a 4.24 ERA (22 earned runs/46.2 innings) for the Bisons. The Mets selected his contract on August 26 and Batista went 2-0 with a 2.64 ERA (nine earned runs/30.2 innings) in nine games, four starts for the team. He became the oldest pitcher in franchise history to toss a complete-game shutout when he blanked Cincinnati, 3-0, on September 28 of last year in the final game of the season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mets sign P Chuck James to a minor league deal


Seeking additional bullpen help and potential rotation depth, the Mets announced
Thursday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Chuck James to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

James, 30, posted a 6.10 ERA during a brief stay in Minnesota's bullpen last summer, also compiling a 3-2 record, one save and a 2.30 ERA over 62 2/3 innings with the organization's Triple-A Rochester affiliate.

A Georgia native whom the Braves selected in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, James once ranked amongst Atlanta's brightest young starting pitchers, winning 18 games with a 3.78 ERA as a rookie in 2006. But the left-hander stumbled in his sophomore season as injuries began derailing his career.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mets Sign (LHP) Gustavo Chacin and (OF) Fernando Perez to minor league deals


The New York Mets announced yesterday that they have signed free agent LHP GUSTAVO CHACIN and OF FERNANDO PEREZ to minor league deals. Both players are active for the Bisons game tonight against the Syracuse Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium.

To make roster room, RHP JACK EGBERT has been transferred to the Double-A Binghamton Mets. OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 16.

Chacin, 30, began the season with the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League and was 3-6 with a 5.13ERA in 18 relief outings and nine starts for the Houston Astros' Triple-A affiliate (66.2IP, 81H, 24BB, 37). He was released by the Astros on July 14.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mets sign three to minor league camp


The Mets have re-signed outfielder Jesus Feliciano a minor league deal and also have added first baseman Chris Shelton and RHP Kent Tsujimoto. All three will report directly to minor league camp.

Feliciano, 31, made his major league debut last season and hit .231 in 54 major league games. He hit .339 at Triple-A Buffalo, and would presumably join a crowded Bisons outfield that also includes Fernando Martinez, Jason Pridie, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda.

Shelton, 30, primarily played for Round Rock in the Houston organization last season, hitting .249 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 285 at-bats at the Triple-A level. He last appeared in the majors with Seattle in nine games in 2009. Shelton began the '06 season with Detroit with five straight multi-hit games (14-for-20, five homers).

Tsujimoto, 22, pitched with Maui in the independent Golden League last season and may not arrive until late in camp. Newsday's David Lennon reports Tsujiomo was the youngest Japanese player ever to sign, at age 15, but back woes derailed his career there.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mets sign Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal


Jason Isringhausen ---- This image was moved f...Image via Wikipedia
According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets have signed Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp.

Isringhausen hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2009 and before that struggled with a 5.70 ERA in 43 innings for the Cardinals in 2008, but he was originally drafted by the Mets in 1991 and once upon a time was a top pitching prospect who debuted with New York as a starter in 1995.

Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY reports that Isringhausen threw in front of Mets assistant general manager J.P. 
Ricciardi, who was in Oakland’s front office when Isringhausen was the A’s closer from 1999 to 2001. He has an “open invitation” to sign a minor-league deal with the Reds, but “wanted to go somewhere and see if I could make a team.”
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Mets add three more players


The Mets have signed Casey Fossum to a minor league deal. Add him to the list of left-handed relievers in the organzation.

Fossum, 33, pitched in Japan last season. He made three appearances at the major league level for the Mets in 2009.

Dale Thayer
The Mets have outfielder Lorenzo Scott to a minor league deal, according to an organization source.

Scott, 28, hit a combined .270 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 318 at-bats at three levels, but primarily with Double-A Jacksonville. He formerly was a linebacker at Ball State University.

The Mets have signed right-hander Dale Thayer to a minor league contract, according to Foxsports.com. He will not receive an invite to major league camp.

Thayer, 30, has appeared in 12 games in relief for the Tampa Bay Rays over the past two seasons, compiling a 7.47 ERA.

Thayer went 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Triple-A Durham last season.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mets sign Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract


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Right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer has agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets and will receive a spring-training invite.







Boyer by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
2005 Atl 43 0 0 0 37.2 32 13 13 1 17 33 4 2 0 9 2 1.303.11
2006 Atl 2 0 0 0 0.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -- 7.5040.50
2007 Atl 5 0 0 0 5.1 10 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 -- 2.063.38
2008 Atl 76 0 0 0 72.0 73 51 47 10 25 67 2 6 1 14 4 1.365.88
2009 Atl 3 0 0 0 1.1 3 6 6 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 -- 4.5040.50
2009 StL 15 0 0 0 16.1 14 10 8 1 5 9 0 0 0 2 -- 1.164.41
2009 Ari 30 0 0 0 37.0 39 20 11 0 12 18 0 1 0 2 -- 1.382.68
2009 -- 48 0 0 0 54.2 56 36 25 1 20 29 0 2 0 4 -- 1.394.12
2010 Ari 54 0 0 0 57.0 59 32 27 3 29 29 3 2 0 5 4 1.544.26
Total -- 228 0 0 0 227.1 234 138 117 15 93 161 9 12 1 34 -- 1.444.63
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Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league deal..


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Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.

Byrdak, 37, is expected to compete with Taylor Tankersley for a left-handed relief role.

Byrdak went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 relief appearances spanning 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros last season. Left-handed batters hit .213 against him, as opposed to right-handed batters, who hit .333.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Willie Harris signs minor league deal with Mets


The Mets have agreed to sign Willie Harris to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

The utility player will have a good chance of making the team's Opening Day roster, Rubin writes.

We heard yesterday that Harris had two offers and would not return to Washington, where he played from 2008-10.

Harris played all three outfield positions and backed up at third base last year. The 32-year-old posted a .183/.291/.362 line with 10 homers in 262 plate appearances. Harris bats from the left side and generally maintains an above-average strikeout to walk ratio.

The Mets, who had been looking for a fourth outfielder, now figure to continue their search for starting pitching.

I love this signing as I thought he might be a good fit on a team that needs a outfielder that can play all three positions and play them well defensively.

This guys has always played the Mets well as he has robbed us of some victories in the past (Above).

Harris by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2001 Bal 9 24 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .125 .125 .167 .292
2002 CWS 49 163 14 38 4 0 2 12 9 21 8 0 .233 .270 .294 .564
2003 CWS 79 137 19 28 3 1 0 5 10 28 12 2 .204 .259 .241 .500
2004 CWS 129 409 68 107 15 2 2 27 51 79 19 7 .262 .343 .323 .666
2005 CWS 56 121 17 31 2 1 1 8 13 25 10 3 .256 .333 .314 .647
2006 Bos 47 45 17 7 2 0 0 1 4 11 6 3 .156 .250 .200 .450
2007 Atl 117 344 56 93 20 8 2 32 40 71 17 11 .270 .349 .392 .741
2008 Was 140 367 58 92 14 4 13 43 50 66 13 3 .251 .344 .417 .761
2009 Was 137 323 47 76 18 6 7 27 57 62 11 4 .235 .364 .393 .757
2010 WSH 132 224 25 41 6 2 10 32 33 60 5 2 .183 .291 .362 .653
Total -- 895 2157 324 516 85 24 37 187 267 430 101 35 .239 .327 .352 .679

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mets sign a pair of minor-league deals


Russ Adams
Vowing to return from the Winter Meetings with "new players," Alderson on Monday inked infielder Russ Adams and catcher Dusty Ryan to Minor League contracts and invited them both to Spring Training.

Adams, 30, hit .264 in 108 games for Triple-A Buffalo last season, after signing with the Mets as a Minor League free agent last December.

A former first-round Draft pick, Adams has appeared in 286 big league games over parts of five seasons with the Blue Jays.

Ryan, 26, hit .199 with seven home runs in 89 games last season for Triple-A Portland. He also possesses some Major League experience, having played in 27 games over parts of two seasons with the Tigers.
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