The Mets made a couple signings
this evening, according to published reports.
Although I am trying to forget most of 2009, I remember liking the grit of Alex Cora, who played through some painful hand injuries. He will make a worthy addition to Citi Field's "Aged and Anonymous Infield Hall of Fame" along with Jose Valentin, Mike Bordick, Frank Tavarez and many other guys I can't remember.
The Mets also signed 36-year-old catching backup Chris Coste. Here are the details:Veteran infielder Alex Cora and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $2
million deal on Monday, according to two people familiar with the
negotiations said The Associated Press.
Cora's contract includes a vesting option for a second season with
the Mets, which becomes guaranteed if he has about 80 starts next
season, according to the AP.
Thumb injuries on both hands limited Cora to 82 games -- 56
coming at shortstop -- this past season, when he batted .251 with a
.320 on-base percentage and 18 RBIs.
The left-handed hitter sports a career .246 batting average in
12 seasons in the big leagues. Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, is mostly
a middle infielder, but he has also played sparingly at third base.
Meanwhile, the Mets signed catcher Chris Coste to a contract
that guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster, The Forum of
Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) reported on Monday.
Coste, a Fargo native, told the newspaper that the contract guarantees
that he'll be on the 40-man roster but that he's not guaranteed a spot
on the Opening Day 25-man roster.
The 36-year-old hit .224 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 88
games with the Phillies and Astros last year. In four Major League
seasons, Coste is a .272 hitter with 23 home runs and 108 RBIs in 299