Sandy Alderson made his first move of 2013 yesterday, signing right-handed corner outfielder Andrew Brown to a minor league contract, including an invite to Big League Spring Training. The 28-year-old native of Dallas, Texas was drafted in the 18th round by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2007, spent 2012 with the Colorado Rockies, and choose free agency this past November once he was taken off the 40-man roster.
He appeared in 46 games for Colorado, spanning 126 plate appearances, and put together a .232/.302/.429 line with 5 homers, 11 RBI, and 7 doubles. He also played in 100 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs in the PCL, where he hit .308/.364/.597 with 24 homers and 98 RBI. Now, those statistics look great, but plenty of people have already pointed out that the PCL is a notorious hitter’s league, and he was playing in hitter-friendly Colorado Springs.
This is all true, but he also spent time in Triple-A Memphis in 2011, and showed virtually the same production, as he hit .284/.382/.501 with 20 homers and 73 RBI. In 2010 he played in the Texas League for St. Louis’ Double-A affiliate, and he slugged another 20 homers in only 407 plate appearances. We talked about the outfield a lot yesterday on the first episode of The Rising Apple Report and we agreed this was a good move by Sandy that could end up paying dividends. Even if he doesn’t end up winning a starting job out of Spring Training, he could end up being the righty part of a platoon with Lucas Duda or Mike Baxter next season, as he’s hit .314/.416/.564 against lefties the last two years in Triple-A. Expect more on this signing later today from our own Danny Abriano.
Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog reports the latest on New York’s pursuit to find a free agent starting pitcher to sign a one-year deal to join the Amazins. Brett Myers was the most recent available hurler to be taken off the block, as he recently agreed to a one-year/$7 million deal with the Indians, which includes an option for a second year. New York is continued to be linked to names like Joe Saunders, Carl Pavano, Shaun Marcum, and Chris Young. Alderson has the ability to offer any pitcher more than one year, but prefers not to. Saunders is apparently sitting on more than one multi-year deal, so it seems unlikely he’ll end up in the Orange and Blue.
That leaves the last three I mentioned above, and word is Sandy could get Pavano or Young on a cheap, one-year deal that is incentive-laden, but due to Marcum’s injury in 2012, he may also be forced to take the same kind of contract. Instead of offering a more lucrative deal, the Mets are apparently using the fact that there is a guaranteed rotation spot for them, the pitcher-friendly confines of Citi Field to pitch in, and their market of New York City to lure in a free agent, which isn’t a bad move. For these available pitchers, they’re looking to prove themselves so a team has the confidence to give them a multi-year deal next winter; a guaranteed opportunity to showcase what they have to offer could be right for one of them.
Citi Field will be partnering with the New York Blood Center today for their annual Winter Blood Drive, which is set to take place at Citi’s Caesar’s Club from 10am-5pm today. This is a great cause, and the NY Blood Center provides approximately one million blood components to about 200 hospitals every year throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. According to the rules for donating, all people must be 17 years old (or 16 if their parent permits it), at least 110 pounds, and in good health. Those who do give blood will receive a voucher for two tickets to a home game in April. If you have the time to get down to Citi Field, please do so, because you have the opportunity to save a life.