The Mets continued their bargain basement shopping spree on Wednesday, inking Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league deals.
Patterson gives the Mets another mediocre option in the outfield. Once a top prospect in the Cubs’ organization, Patterson has bounced around to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Washington, Milwaukee, Baltimore (again), Toronto, St. Louis and Milwaukee (again, on a minor league deal). Patterson last played in the majors in 2011, spending 2012 at the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville. He hit .251 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 117 games. He played only five games in center field last season, so at age 33, he’s probably a corner outfielder these days. He’s a career .252 hitter over the course of his 12-year big league career.
Wilson, another outfielder and Seattle’s second-round pick in 2001, has played just eight games at the major league level. He spent all of 2012 at Triple-A Tacoma, hitting .239 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 71 games.
It also sounds like the Mets remain committed to trying to bring in Michael Bourn, but only if he signs on the Mets’ terms – short-term deal, reasonable contract. If the Mets do sign Bourn, not only will they lose the No. 11 pick in this June’s draft, they’ll also lose 40 percent of the bonus pool money they’d be able to spend on their picks in the first 10 rounds. For the details on how the new CBA works with the draft, check out this post on Baseball Prospectus.
In the latest PED news, Yahoo! Sports recently reported on the Miami New Times’ Biogenesis Clinic story, also linking Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Brewers slugger Ryan Braun to the clinic.
Cervelli claims the link to Biogenesis stemmed from a March 2011 foot injury for which he sought treatment. Cervelli took to Twitter: I consulted with a number of experts, including the Biogenesis clinic for legal ways to aid my rehab & recovery. I purchased supplements I am certain were not prohibited by MLB.”
Braun, who had tested positive for elevated testosterone after winning the 2011 National League MVP, eventually had his 50-game suspension dropped after claiming that his sample was tainted by being mishandled by a delivery driver.
Braun also claimed his link to Biogenesis was innocent, as he and his lawyers consulted the staff there for their expertise on how a sample could have been tainted.
At this point, it doesn’t look like Cervelli or Braun run the risk of a suspension with their alibis, but you can bet that MLB will be following up on Yahoo!’s report to see if there is anything there.
Do you see the Yankees or Mets swinging any last-minute deals before spring training starts next week? Who would you like to see in your favorite team’s uniform? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.