The Mets have promoted catcher Johnny Monell from AAA Las Vegas. Does anyone know why?
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The Mets have signed journeyman utility man Brooks Conrad to a minor-league contract and assigned him to the Las Vegas 51s.
On the heels of Travis d’Arnaud‘s broken pinky and the latest news that Anthony Recker has a bone spur in his elbow, the Mets have purchased minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing from the Minnesota Twins.
Ironically, Rohlfing himself has been on the DL since the beginning of the season with a sprained ankle, as a member of the AAA Rochester Red Wings. The 26-year-old backstop is considered a “catch-and-throw” guy — one whose value lies in his defense — and hasn’t shown much potential offensively. Most of his 8 years and 501 minor-league games have been spent as a backup catcher, and he’ll considered extra depth in Las Vegas.
And you thought Joe was out of his mind for suggesting that Ike Davis be considered as a LOOGY when the first baseman was still with the Mets. Wait long enough, and some of his nutty ideas will come alive. (BTW, Joe says that Ike’s mechanics aren’t great — something about his arm being behind at foot strike.)
In case you missed it, Davis made his MLB debut on the mound in a 14-1 blowout — and pitched a perfect inning! Is this the start of the first two-way lefthanded slugger / southpaw pitcher since Babe Ruth? Not likely, but you never know …
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Torres, 27, went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season. He held righties to a .209 average and lefties to a .256 average.
Torres has slightly over one year of MLB service and his 2014 salary was $509,000, according to Cots Contracts.
Expect to hear analysis from Joe on this, in the meantime, post your reaction in the comments.