Found December 15, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
On Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson said he wanted to add some rotation depth as insurance in case Johan Santana isn’t ready to start the season. He followed through on that today as the Mets signed veteran left-handed swingman Chuck James to a minor-league contract. James received an invitation to major-league camp. James, 30, worked strictly out of the bullpen last season with Minnesota, but has spent most of his career as a starter. Last season he struggled during a brief stint with the Twins where he posted a 6.10 ERA in 10 1/3 innings pitched, but he did post some excellent numbers in the minors. While pitching for Triple-A Rochester, James posted a 2.30 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 38 appearances spanning 62 innings in which he struck out 67 batters. James has been battling back from surgery to repair a torn labrum. According to Anthony DiComo, James will battle Daniel Herrera and Robert Carson for a spot in the team’s Opening Day bullpen. Left-hander Tim Byrdak recently signe...

Mets sign Chuck James

The Mets announced they have signed lefthander Chuck James to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. James, 30, split last season between the Twins and their Triple A affiliate in Rochester. He appeared in eight games for Minnesota, posting a 6.10 ERA in 10.1 innings. He was 3-2 in the minors with one save and a 2.30 ERA in 38 games. To follow James on Twitter, click here.

Mets ink lefty James to Minor League deal

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

Sandy Alderson Addresses State Of Team, Ballpark

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made an appearance at the Mets Kids’ Holiday Party, and he talked about a medley of issues surrounding the team. First, he spoke about the new changes to the outfield wall at Citi Field. He said that it wasn’t one particular event that sparked the change, but that the constant “consternation and criticism” triggered the decision. The team...

Sandy looks for flexibility in starters..

Sandy Alderson said today that if the Mets bring in a starting pitcher it will need to be someone who gives them flexibility.  A pitcher who could be in the rotation or a longman out of the pen or someone who could start the year in Buffalo.  A pitcher with experience in both the rotation and the pen, who had options or signed a minor league deal.  Earlier this month it was reported...

Video: Sandy Alderson On F-Mart & Nieuwenhuis

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Bats: Alderson Works Through Mets' Woes

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson tries to tackle the team's offseason needs while constantly answering questions about the team's finances.

MLB tabs Sandy, eyes world draft 

ADD ANOTHER complex task to Sandy Alderson’s schedule: The Mets general manager was one of three executives named Thursday to represent Major League Baseball in the International Talent Committee, which will discuss the possibility of an international draft.

Alderson Works Through Mets' Woes

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson tries to tackle the team's offseason needs while constantly answering questions about the team's finances.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson appointed to MLB committee to study international draft

Alderson worked in DR before joining Mets

Mets near minority shares sales in club

General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets expect an influx of cash in January, by which time ownership expects to have sold multiple minority shares in the club.

MLB, Union For Players to Begin Discussions For International Draft

While it wasn’t completed in time for the new collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball, the league and the MLB Players Association agreed that further discussions around the development of international players – including a worldwide draft – would begin, no later than January 15 of 2012. Today both sides announced the “International Talent Committee” that...

Weiner: Teams Want International Draft "Right Now"

The title of MLB's new International Talent Committee sounds global in scope, but there's no doubt of the central role the Dominican Republic will play in the committee's upcoming discussions about a possible international draft. It was appropriate, then, that MLB Player's Association executive director Michael Weiner spoke to the press in the Dominican capital of...

Mets talk with Jays, but Sandy says Niese is in his plans

Tuesday on Twitter,’s Jon Heyman said at least three or four teams are still interested in acquiring Jon Niese from the Mets. However, later in the day, according to ESPN New York, Sandy Alderson said Niese is in his plans for next year. Alderson acknowledged that he will listen to offers for any player, but, “at this point that’s all it is, is talk,” while...

The “question mark” surrounding Johan Santana

Yesterday at the Mets holiday party at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson told reporters he viewed Johan Santana as a “question mark” heading into the 2012 season, although he had previously said Santana should be ready for the full workload in Spring Training. In a post to his blog for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin spoke to an “employee” in another organization who “painted a grim...

NL East Links: Rollins, Conrad, Mets, Baxter

Eight years ago today, the Braves acquired J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero from the Cardinals in exchange for Ray King, Jason Marquis, and a pitching prospect named Adam Wainwright. Here's the latest from the NL East (all links go to Twitter) ... Dan Lozano, agent for Jimmy Rollins, told ESPN's Jayson Stark that he is having dialogue with a team other than the Phillies...
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