Southpaws Available

It’s interesting that lefthanded pitchers are supposedly so valuable to MLB teams, yet there seem to be so many available. There certainly isn’t a shortage of supply of LOOGYs out there — and most of them come cheap.

This isn’t huge news, but a few lefty pitchers became available recently that may or may not fit into the Mets’ “throw paint on the wall” plans. Here are some I noticed:

Mike Bacsik
The former Met was granted free agency by the Nationals. He’s basically the poor man’s — or destitute man’s — version of Tom Glavine. A lefty soft-tosser who pitches to (lots of) contact, but is generally around the plate. I’m not sure he can break a pane of glass with his fastball, which tops out around 81 MPH. However, the guy has been hanging around forever with less than MLB stuff, so you have to respect his determination and gumption. Getting him onto the Mets’ AAA squad in 2008 would not only provide some decent depth, but also keep him from pitching against the Mets. He’s only 29, and Jamie Moyer didn’t find success until age 30, so who knows?

Mike Maroth
We’ve already covered Maroth in the article on non-tenders, and MLB.com reports that he’s been released by the Cardinals. He’s a year older than the aforementioned Bacsik, but unlike Mike has shown flashes of success in the past. Injuries have all but destroyed his chances of furthering his career, but it’s hard to count out a guy with his kind of tenacity and hardworking attitude. He’s certainly worth a minor-league contract offer.

Micah Bowie
Hmmm … two Mikes and a Micah, isn’t that special? Bowie, like Bacsik, was outrighted by the Nats and granted free agency. He had a winning record for the Nats, which is saying something. Not much, but something. He’s 32, he’s tall, and he’s less than ordinary. I’d be more interested if his last name were “Owings”.

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