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While a sizable amount of press has been devoted to the possible acquisitions of Michael Bourn or Brian Wilson, Sandy Alderson has methodically been adding pitchers to the organization’s choices for the 2013 iteration of the Mets bullpen staff.
One such signing is the January 31st signing of LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins, age 40, is an 18 year veteran of the major leagues and now returns to the National League after a one year stint with the Angels. Prior to that he spent two years with the Brewers.
How much has Hawkins got left in the tank?
In 2012, Hawkins won two games, lost three, and saved one. He threw 42.0 innings, accrued a 3.54 ERA and a 1.77 K/BB ratio. He lost a month due to a fractured finger.
In 2010, Hawkins only threw 18 innings. So a review of his full season performances since 2009 reveals the following:
1) Innings Pitched: in 2009, he threw 63.1 innings. In 2011, he threw 48.1 innings. In 2012, he threw 42.0 innings. That’s, of course, a downward trend.
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When your team has an outfield situation as desperate as the Mets’ is (Andrew Brown is going to compete for a starting job after having trouble staying on Colorado’s major league roster in 2012), any new is good news. Yesterday, that good news came in the form of 11-year veteran Marlon Byrd signing a Minor League contract.
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The Mets lack a reliable reliever, and although they have some younger talent who could potentially fill the void, virtually everyone in the bullpen is a question mark. Over the weekend, rumors arose that the Mets were thinking about pursuing the flamboyant closer, Jose Valverde. The Mets do desperately need an arm in the bullpen to add some depth, and to replace their current closer...
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Last month’s rumor that Daisuke Matsuzaka was being courted by the Mets, as reported by Hochi Shimbun from a Japanese newspaper, is making the rounds again today.
This rumor was already shot down by the Mets two weeks ago.
A team source immediately disputed the report by Shimbun to ESPN. Moments after the rumor appeared on various sites,...
Marlon Byrd, coming off a 50-game suspension following his June 2012
release from the Boston Red Sox has agreed to a minor league contract with The
New York Mets. This marks the Mets third free-agent acquisition of the
week. Byrd, at age 35, is the youngster in the crowd.
The Mets outfield projects as one of the weakest in the Major Leagues.
Each position could stand...
The New York Mets are so unsatisfied with their current
closer situation that the team is pursuing free agent Jose Valverde to likely
unseat Frank Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete with --
or more likely unseat -- Francisco as closer, a baseball source told
If the Mets were to...
Even after the Marlon Byrd signing Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that Sandy Alderson says the Mets still have options for the outfield. Many have speculated in the last few hours that Byrd along with the other outfield candidates have essentially ended any pursuit of Michael Bourn. Don't forget the Mets signed veteran Fred Lewis last season and tucked him away in AAA until...
A couple of weeks ago, the great Mets historian and author Matt Silverman, was nice enough to give me a sneak preview into his newest publication, Swinging ’73: Baseball’s Wildest Season. The verdict is in, and Matt has done it again – delivering another Amazin’ Book that should be a part of every Met fan’s library.
This isn’t your regular everyday telling of the “Ya...
The Mets announced they have signed free-agent RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
If Hawkins makes the team, he will earn a base salary of $1 million with chance to earn more in incentives.
The 40-year old Hawkins spent last year with the Los Angeles Angels where he went 2-3 with a 3.49 ERA. In 42 innings pitched he posted a 4.9 strikeout rate...
OF/1B Russ Canzler was designated for assignment for the forth time this offseason, this time by the New York Yankees. What separates Canzler from, lets say Nick Evans, is the fact that he never clears waivers, explaining how he has gone from Cleveland to Toronto, back to Cleveland to the Yankees, all since last season ended. Last year, Chris Schwinden went on a similar path, being...
The New York Mets are close to reaching a deal with free-agent relief pitcher Brandon Lyon, multiple media outlets reported Sunday. It's unclear what the terms of the agreement would be, and MLB.com reported that the deal has not been finalized and Lyon is still talking with other teams. Lyon, 33, was 4-2 with a 3.10 earned run average with the Blue Jays and Astros last...
The New York Mets announced Friday that they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract. Byrd, 35, batted .210 in 47 games with the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox last year. He was also suspended 50 games for testing positive for Tamoxifen, a drug that is reportedly used to prevent post-testosterone-cycle crashes. Byrd has 82 home runs and 445 RBI in his 11-year career.
Sorry about yesterday. We’ll try to have an actual, real post today.
Since I mentioned Latroy Hawkins yesterday, another former Twin bull pen pitcher has found work. Matt Capps to the Indians.
The fact that this guy didn’t get away probably goes a long way to explaining why his NASCAR career didn’t work out.
The Kansas City Royals are on someone’s “enemies list”. They...