According to MLB.com, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one year deal with free agent outfielder Fred Lewis that is worth $900K dollars.
Lewis batted .262 last season with a .332 on-base, and in 110 games, he had 8 home runs, 31 doubles, scored 70 runs and stole 17 bases batting mostly leadoff.
Our own Jim Mancari recently posted a piece on why he thought Lewis would be a good match with the Mets. He writes,
Lewis reminds me much like Pagan. He has good speed, plays good defense, has a little pop and plays better when given more opportunities.
Though the current Mets outfield should hopefully produce and not need too many days off, an injury is bound to occur. Carlos Beltran hasn’t played a full season since 2008, Jason Bay is coming off an injury, and last year was Pagan’s first full season.
Lewis would be able to fill in nicely should an injury occur. However, that would only be a temporary solution, unless of course Lewis plays like a stud.
Another plus to signing Lewis is that he has less than four years of big league service time, which means that the Reds can keep him through 2013 by offering arbitration.