Mets Sign Tony Armas Jr.

Sit down folks, big news here … the Mets have signed Tony Armas, Jr. to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

While the Mets might have more need for Tony’s dad right now (a slugging, RH-hitting, rightfielder), I’m on board with this no-risk move. In fact, I liked the idea of adding Armas last winter. As it turned out, it wasn’t the best idea, since he sported a lofty 6+ ERA last year in Pittsburgh. But who knows, maybe he wasn’t all the way recovered from his 2003 rotator cuff surgery (some people heal more slowly than others). He’s always been a tough competitor, so he has that going for him. To have him hanging around in AAA with the off-chance he finds a bit of that old magic is not the worst thing in the world.

If you have low expectations, there’s a decent chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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