Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/27/12
The Phillies have announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league contract and it includes an invitation to Spring Training. Pierre, 34, spent the 2011 season with the White Sox and batted .279 with 27 stolen bases while playing everyday in left field. Yesterday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the New York Mets are keeping a close eye on the available left handed hitting free agent outfielders which had included Juan Pierre as well as Raul Ibanez, Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome and Johnny Damon. Crasnick also added that the surplus of free agent outfielders who fit the Mets criteria will give the cash-strapped Mets some negotiating leverage. With Jason Bay entrenched in left field and Lucas Duda projected to start everyday in right field, this may signal that Andres Torres could be sharing centerfield with a platoon mate. The Mets already had adequate backups in Scott Hairston and Mike Baxter, so thye may be looking for something more if Anki...
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