25 Minor League Mets were granted free agency this week. They were:
Pitchers: Manny Alvarez (AAA), Boof Bonser (AAA), Ricky Brooks (AA), Jose de la Torre (AAA), John Lujan (AAA), Brian Sweeney (AAA), Gabriel Zavala (R), Gustavo Chacin (AAA), Justin Hampson (AAA), Taylor Tankersley (AAA)
C: Raul Chavez (AAA), Salomon Manriquez (AAA), Dusty Ryan (AA)
1B: Valentino Pascucci (AAA), Stefan Welch (Hi A)
SS: Jose Coronado (Hi A), Luis Figueroa (AAA), Chin-lung Hu (AAA), Jonathan Malo (AA), Niuman Romero (AA)
OF: Bubba Bell (AAA), Jason Botts (AAA), Jesus Feliciano (AAA), Brahiam Maldonado (AA), Fernando Perez (AAA)
This is the time of the year that this happens. Most teams shed themselves of the AAAA players they had under contract the previous year, primarily as emergency backups in case of major league injuries.
In addition, many of these can, and possibly will, resign with the team; however, they have been granted free agency and I’m sure they and their representatives will first take a look around to see if anyone is interested.
I’m always sorry to see the kids depart, but I especially will miss De La Torre and Welsh. Both have earned themselves a continuation of their professional career. All Jose has done wrong is get hurt and Welsh is stuck behind Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Nick Evans, Daniel Murphy, Josh Satin, and Allan Dykstra at first base.
Ex-Mets that were also granted free agency today were: Gaby Hernandez, Brian Stokes, Chris Carter, Shawbn Bowman, Ruben Gotay, Mike Broadway, Royce Ring, Omir Santos, Mike Cervenak, Anderson Hernandez, Chase Lambin, Lenny Dinardo, Adam Heilman, Tagg Bozied, Nelson Figueroa, Tyler Yates, Willie Collazo, and… wait for it… Oliver Perez.