Mets Sign Jason Isringhausen to Minor League Deal

Apparently that bullpen session yesterday convinced the New York Mets to bring back former pitching farmhand, Jason Isringhausen. “Izzy” reportedly called the Mets’ front office this week in an attempt to make a comeback from injuries, and has to be pretty pumped about the result. After pitching a bullpen session where he “threw the ball well,” according to his former Oakland Athletics executive and current Mets Assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi, the Mets announced that they had signed the reliever to a minor league deal–which also entitles him to a Spring Training invite.

The minor league deal and the invite, while exciting for the aging reliever and any nostalgic Mets fans, hardly guarantees that Isringhausen will make the team. In fact, it has to be a pretty big long-shot. Izzy last appeared in the majors for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, and only tossed 8 innings. He also spent most of the 2010 season rehabbing, and pitched to the tune of a 9.53 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 5 K’s, and 7 BB’s in 5.6 pathetic innings for the Reds Triple-A team. Those numbers are hardly inspiring for Isringhausen’s chances in 2011.

Fans are hopeful that Isringhausen can conjure up the stamina and health to possibly become a serviceable middle-reliever again. If Izzy, who has 293 career saves, were to post some impressive frames during Spring Training, it’s hard to see him not making the team. More realistically, the former “Generation K” prospect will probably be dropped in Triple-A until he’s Major League-ready.

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