Two Franciscos Lead Another Slew of Signings

While the Mets inked Pedro Feliciano to a minor-league deal, several other free agents signed both Major and minor league contracts.

Francisco Liriano agreed to sign with the Pirates — again. The previous agreement came in December, before Liriano injured his right (non-throwing) arm. Reportedly, new language was added to protect the Bucs in the event the injury causes Liriano to miss time.

In other news, Ben Francisco signed a minor-league deal with the Indians — the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. Francisco is a righthanded hitter who can adequately handle all three outfield spots, so the Mets might’ve been interested in auditioning him. However, we never brought him up here because he’s proven only to be adequate — both offensively and defensively. In my mind it makes more sense to see what Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda can do, rather than add someone who is a near-guarantee to be ineffectual.

Many other moves have been made; we’ll go through them quickly.

Erik Bedard signs with the Astros. Good move for both sides, as Bedard is a huge risk and Houston can use any arms with potential upside as they can find. If Bedard pans out, the Astros may be able to flip him at the trade deadline for prospects.

Chris Volstad signs with the Rockies. I’ve always been intrigued by Volstad, and never understood why he never quite “broke out.” My best guess is he suffers from some strain of Mike Pelfrey Disease. Still only 26, and signed for a paltry $1.5M, I think this is a low-risk, calculated gamble that is a smart move by Colorado. I’d much rather have Volstad at one year, $1.5M than, say, D.J. Carrasco on two years and $2.4M; but, that’s splitting hairs.

Speaking of former Mets long relievers / spot starters who were completely ineffectual and older than dirt, Miguel Batista also signed with the Rockies. Like Rodrigo Lopez, Batista just won’t go away. Aren’t there at least a hundred minor league pitchers, independent league pitchers, and/or unsigned college graduates as good or better than Batista? Well, I suppose few of them are poets.

Nate Robertson has agreed to accept a minor-league contract from the Rangers. Ho hum.

I think that’s everything for tonight.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. DaveSchneck January 22, 2013 at 9:16 am
    Yawn. Oh, sorry.
  2. Izzy January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    Wow…. The Mets may yet find a way for that jewel of all jewels, the first draft pick in 2014. Who cares about a winning team or playoffs? certainly not Sandy Alderson. and the five met fans who have bought season tickets.
  3. Jon C January 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    Why didn’t the mets sign bedard? Couldn’t you have written those exact words for the mets? Too expensive? I’d love to learn a little about the thought process that goes on when making those decisions?
    • Joe Janish January 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm
      What Dan said below.
  4. Dan B January 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    It’s simple, Jon. The thought process goes like this, “can we sign him to a minor league contract? No? Then don’t sign him.”. Did I read right that Ray Guy was signed by the Mets as a front office advisor?