Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mets sign Jacobs, Takahashi and Riggans to minor league contracts

The Mets announced today, Feb. 11, that the organization agreed to minor league contracts with first baseman Mike Jacobs, left-handed pitcher Hisanori Takahashi and catcher Shawn Riggans. All three were invited to spring training.

Jacobs, 29, was originally drafted by the Mets in the 38th round of the 1999 amateur draft. He progressed through the ranks of the team's minor league system as a catching prospect, but converted to first base in 2005. He made his major league debut with the Mets in August 2005 and hit 11 home runs in 100 at bats, including one in his first plate appearance. He was traded following the 2005 season to the Florida Marlins as part of the transaction that brought first baseman Carlos Delgado to the Mets.

While with the Marlins, Jacobs hit as many as 32 home runs in a single season (2008). He played with the Kansas City Royals in 2009, functioning primarily as a designated hitter. According to Jon Heyman, of Sports Illustrated, Jacob's contract will be worth $900,000 if he makes the major league roster and could be worth up to $2.05M through incentives.

Takahashi, 34, pitched for ten years with the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, where he was part of three championship teams (2000, 2002, 2009). He appeared as both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher, but has worked mostly as a starting pitcher since 2007. He pitched 144 innings in 2009 and struck out 126, his 2009 stats can be found here.

Riggans, 29, was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays in December, 2009. He appeared in 64 major league games with the Rays (2006-2009) and hit seven home runs.

The Mets also signed shortstop Rylan Sandoval, 22, to a minor league contract. Sandoval was drafted by the Mets in 2007, 30th round, but he instead opted to transfer to Long Beach State University. He went undrafted following his senior season, 2009, and was showcasing himself in the Arizona Winter League.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Now pitching for the Mets, oh wait he was DFA'd

On Saturday, April 18, the New York Mets designated relief pitcher Darren O'Day for assignment. The transaction followed a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and was in preparation for Sunday afternoon's conclusion to the three-game weekend series.

O'Day, a rule five draft pick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, would have to clear waivers to remain in the Mets organization, albeit as a minor leaguer.

Nelson Figueroa took O'Day's spot on the roster and was the starting pitcher for the Mets on April 19. The Mets lost to the Brewers 4-2, but recieved six innings from the spot starter, who allowed only three runs.

Following the game, the Mets designated Figueroa for assignment and promoted Casey Fossum, a left handed pitcher.

Fossum will join the Mets bullpen as a second left handed reliever.

Mike Pelfrey, who was originally scheduled to start Sunday's game but was instead rested because of tendinitis, will likely be available for his next start when the Mets host the Washington Nationals on Saturday, April 25.

In the meantime, Pelfrey may make a relief appearance during the upcoming series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

For Livan to face Marlins, Mets cut Marlon

Prior to Saturday, April 11, evening's contest between the Mets and Marlins, in Florida, the Mets designated outfielder Marlon Anderson for assignment to make room on the roster for the night's starting pitcher, Livan Hernandez.

Anderson had been in his third year of his second tour of duty with the Mets (2005; 2007-2009), but became expendable with the off season acquisitions of Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan and Rob Mackowiak.

His presence with the team was further shadowed by the spring training signing of former All-Star Gary Sheffield.

If Anderson clears waivers, he will have the option of declaring for free agency or remaining with the organization and play for an affiliated minor league team.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Your 2009 New York Mets, for now

The Mets opened up their 2009 season today in Cincinnati against baseball's oldest team, the Reds.

The opening day roster featured a bounty of new pitchers, and a few position player changes from last season.

1. (57) Johan Santana*+
2. (34) Mike Pelfrey
3. (46) Oliver Perez*+
4. (33) John Maine

1. (43) Brian Stokes
2. (39) Bobby Parnell
3. (36) Darren O'Day
4. (50) Sean Green
5. (25) Pedro Feliciano*+
6. (22) J.J. Putz
7. (75) Francisco Rodriguez

1. (23) Brian Schneider+
2. (11) Ramon Castro

1. (21) Carlos Delgado+
2. (1) Luis Castillo#
3. (5) David Wright
4. (7) Jose Reyes#
5. (3) Alex Cora+

1. (28) Daniel Murphy+
2. (15) Carlos Beltran#
3. (19) Ryan Church*+
4. (10) Gary Sheffield
5. (17) Fernando Tatis
6. (18) Jeremy Reed*+
7. (9) Marlon Anderson+

Bold (new to team); * (throws left); + (bats left); # (bats switch)

Mets will promote (61) Livan Hernandez prior to April 11 game at Florida Marlins. Hernandez will start game for Mets.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring training photos; March 12, 2009


Luis Alicea

Ramon Castro

Ryan Church

Nick Evans

*Home run during 8th inning

Sean Green

Rob Mackowiak

Jerry Manuel

Daniel Murphy

Jeremy Reed

*Home run during 8th inning

Brian Stokes

Ruben Tejada

Greg Veloz

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring training photos; March 12, 2009

Photos are organized alphabetically, by players' last names, and include: Chip Ambres (1); Rick Ankiel (4); Brian Barton (1); Joe Mather (1)*

*Mather hitting walk-off home run

Lou Brock

Tony La Russa

Ryan Ludwick

Jason LaRue

Brad Wilkerson

Jason Varitek

Spring training photos; March 11, 2009

Photos are organized alphabetically, by players' last names, and include: Craig Brazell (3); Alexi Casilla (1); Michael Cuddyer (1); Ryan Freel (1); Carlos Gomez (3); Aubrey Huff (3); Luke Scott (1); Matt Wieters (2); Ty Wigginton (2); Greg Zaun (1)