Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Mack Stuff – Gorkys Hernandez, Jason Botts, Aaron Laffey
I had suggested earlier this week that the Mets should target OF Gorkys Hernandez from the Miami Marlins roster. For what it’s worth, as of Thursday, he’s hitting .362 for Caribes de Anzoategui in the VWL… which also leads the league.
Another of my targeted players, OF Jason Botts, currently leads the Mexican League. He remains unsigned.
Playoff time – DWL - RF Jordany Valdespin - Leones del Escogido - 3-5, 1-R,
LF Cesar Puello - Toros del Este – 0-0, .000
2B Wilmer Flores - Bravos de Margarita – 1-4, .279
The Mets inked another player to a minor league contract, but continues to be the only baseball team not to sign a player to a major league contract. This time it’s LHP Aaron Laffey, a 27-year old that was a 16th round pick in 2003 by Cleveland. Laffey has been around (Cleveland, Seattle, NYY, Toronto) who was granted free agency in October. He was a starter for Cleveland, was converted to the pen by the Yanks and Seattle, but went back to the rotation for Toronto in 2012: 4-6, 4.56, 1.36… only a 5.1 K/9 last year… Of the 50-odd active lefty pitchers with 400+ career innings pitched, he has the worst K per 9 (4.4)… this move makes very little sense to me. Laffey does have the MLB chops. But has had very little success. I was hoping for a little more than this to hold down the SP5 until Zack Wheeler arrives.