According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets continue to bring in more arms and have signed free-agent LHP Casey Fossum to a minor league deal.
The 33-year-old Fossum is a Cherry Hill, New Jersey native, and has not pitched in the big leagues since 2009, when he played for the Mets and made three appearances for them that season. In his three previous seasons he was wild and ineffective posting ERAs of 5.33 in 2006, 7.70 in 2007 and 5.66 in 2008.
Fossum gets added to a group of left-handers that will compete for one or two bullpen spots in spring training and include pitchers Oliver Perez, Taylor Tankersley, Tim Byrdak, and Mike O’Connor.
Only hours before signing Fossum, the Mets also added RH reliever Dale Thayer. It seems to me that the Mets are scrambling to hedge their bets on many of the high-risk signings they’ve made this offseason.
I would argue that it might have been better to fork over $2-$3 million dollars to sign one proven quality (and healthy) reliever – a known quantity, rather than signing four high-risk, unpredictable pitchers at around $700K – $1.0MM each with the hope that one of them pans out.
This is going to be an interesting Spring Training camp.