In a report to the Daily News Andy Martino says, the New York Mets are “looking for a veteran lefthanded bat for the bench, and is shopping in the aisle that includes Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon.” According to Martino:
After Willie Harris signed with Cincinnati, the Mets were left with two unproven players, Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen, as their options for the lefty off the bench. Most major league managers prefer veterans in that role, because those players are accustomed to the unique challenges of irregular play and pinch-hitting — and because developing players are best served playing every day in Triple-A.
In their search for a veteran, the Mets could be helped by Juan Pierre’s agreement on Friday with Philadelphia, and the overall abundance on the market of lefthanded outfielders. The Phillies signed Pierre to a minor league deal, setting a low market for players of his ilk, and making Fukudome and Ankiel perhaps more feasible as a bargain-basement acquisition.”
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