Monday, March 24, 2008

DaVanon has the best numbers against lefties

Thanks to the Padres decision to go young, Jeff DaVanon can be added to the low risk high reward group of platoon candidate outfielders. Over the weekend DaVanon was released by the Padres and is now available to be signed as a free agent. DaVanon can be added to the Reed Johnson discussion as to whether the recently waived players are any better then the in-house candidates of Brady Clark and Angel Pagan. DaVanon is a 34 y/o switch hitter who can play all three outfield positions. Several years ago he had shoulder surgery and still has not gotten his power stroke back, however; he still boasts a decent OBP and was lethal against lefties. DaVanon hit .429 ( Clark .308 / Johnson .325) against lefties and has a lifetime OBP of .329 ( OBP= Clark - .358 / Johnson - .342). This spring DaVanon was hitting .290 with an OBP .450 and a Slg .323. The Mets would have to send Clark or Pagan down to make room for him or sign him to a minor league deal, but seeing how the team has struggled against lefties ( again today) it would be nice to have a lefty masher on the bench. The Mets have been interested in DaVanon in the past...........


In Ken Rosenthal’s latest column at FoxSports.com, he goes into the Red Sox plans, now that Theo Epstein is officially back in a significant capacity. Within the article he states the Mets interest in free-agent OF Jeff DaVanon, who was released by the Angels in December. The Mets are looking at DaVanon, Rosenthal reports, to possibly platoon with OF Xavier Nady, and could signal a possible deal involving OF Victor Diaz…


DaVanon hit .231 with two home-runs and 15 RBI’s in 225 AB’s last season. He also had 11 stolen bases… source Metsblog 1/20/06

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