Under the Radar: Joe Nelson
The Kansas City Royals sent righthanded pitcher Joe Nelson to the minors, he refused his assignment, and is now a free-agent.
Nelson was a career minor leaguer who consistently posted good (not great) numbers in AAA. He finally broke through to the Majors with the Royals by appearing in 43 games and saving 9. However, he always had shoulder issues, and suffered season-ending surgery in March 2007. He might not be ready when March comes around again, so Kansas City dropped him from the 40-man roster.
Might the Mets consider adding the damaged, crusty journeyman, offering him a AAA contract? He’s already 32 years old, and the best he’s ever been was a 4.43 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 24 walks in 44 innings in that 2006 season. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to leave the KC organization, and he’d likely be thrilled to take a minor-league deal with the Mets.
More paint to throw at the wall … the Mets will want to stock that AAA club with pitching.