If you read the Baseball America report, there were some other notable actions:
- Jae Seo granted free-agency
- Lew Ford outrighted off 40-man roster
- Brad Sullivan granted free-agency
- J.R. House outrighted off 40-man roster
Also, not noted at BA was that the Nats outright another former Mets pitcher, Mike Bacsik. He’s no great shakes, but no worse than, say, Brian Lawrence. I wouldn’t mind seeing him as a filler option in AAA.
Seo has been abysmal since leaving Rick Peterson and the Mets. Would he be worth a flyer to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation? Why the heck not? At worst he’d be decent depth in AAA.
Ford is probably not worth picking up, but he has been a regular / semi-regular outfielder in a Major League lineup for a few years, showing some pop in 2004-2005. He could be a good righthanded bat off the bench.
Sullivan was once a #1 pick, he’s a 25-year-old pitcher not far removed from leading the NCAA in strikeouts two years in a row and pitching for Team USA. He was overworked in college, though, and has battled health issues as a pro. Scouts like his wicked slider, composure, and bulldog demeanor. Who knows, he could be worth a gamble.
The J.R. House thing I don’t get, as I was of the assumption that he was part of the Orioles future behind the dish — perhaps he’s not moved fast enough, as he’s already 27. However, he has hit at every level, with some power. His main issue has been his arm, but he has enough bat to be used as a backup catcher / first baseman / outfielder. If the Mets don’t re-sign Ramon Castro, he could be considered.
Take a look at that Baseball America article and let me know if I missed anyone of note.