The New York Mets made a couple surprise signings during the off-season that will really help their outfield in the years to come. Adding more offense to their lineup was something this team really needed to do, and that’s exactly what they did after they picked up Chris Young and Curtis Granderson.
Now all they have to do is figure out what other pieces they could use to help turn this team around. They don’t necessarily have to be the top names in baseball, because let’s face it not everybody in the league is an All-Star.
So with that being said, the New York Mets have decided to re-sign two players to minor league contracts. I’m not saying these guys are the reason behind the whole ‘pieces they could use to help turn this team around’ bit, but adding depth to your team is never bad. Thank the baseball gods for farm systems.
First guy to be re-signed to a minor league deal is right handed pitcher Giancarlo Alvarado. The 35 year old pitcher was picked up out of the Mexican league at some point during the 2013 regular season. In his time with the Mets, he put up a 3.49 ERA, 1.64 WHIP over 59 1/3 innings of work. Depth is exactly what this guy will give the Mets.
The deal doesn’t include an invitation to Spring Training.
Source: #Mets re-sign RHP Giancarlo Alvarado to minor league deal. No MLB camp invite.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 18, 2014
Next guy to be re-signed is infielder Omar Quintanilla. He’s not necessarily known for his bat, but he has a decent glove on him which is obviously something that will come in handy. The 32 year old Quintanilla hit only two home runs, 21 RBI’s with a batting line of .222/.306/.283 with the Mets in 2013.
Source: Omar Quintanilla re-signs with #Mets on minor-league deal.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 18, 2014
He was non-tendered in December to clear a spot on the 40 man roster. But he’s back with the organization after a month of being a free agent.