Tag:Jesus Feliciano
Posted on: August 22, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 1:27 pm

Dodgers claim Mets catcher

Rod Barajas In a classic late-season move for two teams playing out a disappointing stretch, the Dodgers have acquired catcher Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash. The Dodgers had claimed Barajas off of waivers.

That leaves the Mets with Josh Thole as their starting catcher and Henry Blanco as his backup.

Barajas was on a one-year deal with the Mets worth $500,000, but did have a $400,000 bonus for making the Opening Day roster and up to $1 million in performance bonuses.

Barajas is a classic journeyman catcher, playing with Arizona, Texas, Philadelphia and Toronto before signing with the Mets this past offseason. In parts of 12 seasons, he's hit .237/.282/.408. This season, he's hitting .225/.263/.414 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI.

The Dodgers had been using Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis as their catchers since Russell Martin went on the disabled list. While Barajas doesn't exactly have the world's biggest bat -- he's Mike Piazza compared to the other two. The 41-year old Ausmus has been the better offensive player of the two, hitting .196/.275/.217, while Ellis is hitting .174/.237/.203. Neither has a homer.

The Mets recalled outfielder Jesus Feliciano from Triple-A Buffalo to take Barajas' roster spot.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 6:59 pm

Mets send Castillo, Francoeur to bench

Luis Castillo
The Mets' bench got a lot more expensive Saturday, as they decided to let the kids take a shot where the veterans are falling short.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Ruben Tejada, called up Saturday along with Fernando Martinez, will be the everyday second baseman, supplanting Luis Castillo. Outfielder Martinez will be in a right-handed platoon with Jeff Francoeur, meaning he'll get most of the starts. Castillo (pictured) is making $6 million this season and batting .246/.341/.287; Francoeur is making $5 million and batting .241/.295/.378.

"When you lose the games that we've been losing, you just have to try to do something different," general manager Omar Minaya told ESPNNewYork.com. "There's nothing wrong trying something different with young players. ... This is about trying to find something different to get us to score some runs."

Tejada, 20, played 35 games with the Mets previously this season, batting .212. Martinez, 21, batted .176 in 29 games early in 2009.

Putting guys that young with no history of producing in the majors in starting positions looks an awful lot like running up the white flag on the season, but Minaya insists that's not the case.

"It's always developmental when you bring the young kids up," Minaya said. "But we feel we're still in a pennant race."

To make room on the roster for the new arrivals, the Mets sent down Jesus Feliciano and released Alex Cora. Cora, who was having a miserable season at the plate (.207/.265/.278), was 18 games from automatically vesting a $2 million option for 2011.

Francoeur has been a fourth wheel in the Mets outfield since Carlos Beltran's return, but had seen more playing time since Jason Bay went out with a concussion. Now he's back to the bench, and some expect him to ask for a trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Reyes scratched from Mets' lineup

The Mets scratched Jose Reyes from Wednesday's Puerto Rican farewell matchup with the Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium with a stiff lower back, the Newark Star-Ledger 's Andy McCullough reports .

McCullough writes Reyes appeared to injure himself during batting practice.

Angel Pagan is still out of the Mets' lineup. Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters he wanted to see how the switch-hitter looked batting left-handed during batting practice before deciding if Pagan would play Thursday at Washington.

Ruben Tejada will play short for the Mets tonight and Jesus Feliciano is leading off against Florida.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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