Who Is The Mets’ Best Offseason Acquisition?
No, there were no big, splashy signings this offseason, but we did manage to sign some useful players that could help the Mets be very competitive in 2012.
As I look over the list of new additions, none really jump out at me as far as who might have the biggest impact, but I do expect solid showings from a couple of the relievers we signed. Now that Sandy Alderson has said there will be no more moves affecting the 40-man roster, which new acquisition do you think will have the biggest impact this season?
Major League Acquisitions
Ramon Ramirez, RP – Coming off a career year and posted a 2.62 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 8.7 K/9 rate.
Andres Torres, CF – Batted .221 in 2011 after a career year in 2010 (.268, 16 HR, 63 RBI).
Jon Rauch, RP – Coming off his worst season since rookie year, 4.85 ERA/1.36 WHIP.
Frank Francisco, RP – Got $12M to be closer for next two seasons, but has 21 blown saves in 70 career save opportunities.
Ronny Cedeno, 2B/SS – Known mostly as a defensive specialist, Cedeno will serve as primary backup to Ruben Tejada.
Scott Hairston, OF/2B – Hairston returns for an encore after a good season coming off the bench for the Mets.
Minor League Acquisitions
Rob Johnson, C – Career .197 hitter in parts of five seasons.
Omar Quintanilla, 2B/SS – Solid defense, but weak bat.
Miguel Batista, SP – Had a nice September for the Mets last season, but at 41, what does he have left in the tank?
Jeff Stevens, RP – Hasn’t had a great showing in the major leagues, minor league fodder?
Mike Baxter, OF – Had some moments for Mets in 2011, might have inside track on 5th outfielder spot.
Chuck James, SP/RP – At this point he might be the emergency starter for the Mets along with Chris Schwinden.
Garrett Olson, SP/RP – Had a solid campaign for Pirates AAA team – 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP in 24 appearances.
Adam Loewen, LF – The pitcher turned outfielder batted .306 in Triple-A last season with an .884 OPS.
Vinny Rottino, C – Career .194 hitter and still trying to stick in majors at 32. I don’t see it.
I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and say Ramon Ramirez might have the biggest impact out of this group.
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