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Zach Lutz heading to Japan to play for Rakuten

By Danny Abriano

Zach Lutz, who had been playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, is reportedly headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Lutz had been hitting .291/.386/.449 in 227 at-bats spanning 59 games this season for the 51s.

March 8, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Zach Lutz (19) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 28-year-old third baseman made brief appearances with the Mets in both 2012 and 2013, but often found himself injured during other times when the Mets could’ve used his services.

Lutz is on the 40-man roster, so his reported departure to play in Japan would open up a 40-man spot.


Lutz never really had a chance to show what he could do at the major league level for the Mets, getting only 37 plate appearances in 22 combined games in 2012 and 2013.

This is a smart move for Lutz, who was more or less blocked with the Mets. With regular playing time in Japan, Lutz has a chance to raise his profile and potentially increase his value.

A number of players – Casey McGehee is a recent example – have gone to play in Japan for a short time only to return to the major leagues and experience success.