Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mets sign a reliever

Most of us missed yesterday that the NY Post reported at the bottom of a Yankee article on Cano that the Mets had signed Andy Cavazos to a minor league deal (hat tip to Happy Cap- GMF).

The Mets signed six-year, minor-league free agent Andy Cavazos, who relieved in 17 games for the Cardinals last year. source NY Post

Cavazos was a short stop who was converted into a pitcher and finally made his major league debut with the Cards in "07". As a reliever he pitched in 17 gms (22 innings) with an ERA of 10.35. His ERA ballooned with two very bad outings against Houston and Pittsburgh, he ended up surrendering 27 ER. Cards released him last month and it looks like the Mets will use him as an insurance policy in New Orleans.

Cavazos was a fifth-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. He played shortstop in high school, but knew that most teams were looking to convert him to the mound.

"I had an open mind about it," said the 26-year-old righ-hander. "It was a pretty big challenge, and I accepted it." source

Two side notes; Cavazos wears his hat flat without a curve in the brim, if he ever makes the big league team I hope somebody makes it a rule that he can't wear it that way. And Wiki says that he's a relative of Hall-of-Fame WWF wrestler Tito Santana.......