Cutnpaste: – Jesus Feliciano, Jeurys Familia, Freddy Garcia, John Maine, and Ponzi Schemes


photo by Michael G. Baron

Jesus Feliciano:

It took Jesus Feliciano 12 years before he finally reached the big leagues, which he did with the Mets in 2010. Now the 31-year-old outfielder is weighing multiple minor league contract offers according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. It’s unclear which teams made those offers. Feliciano has spend the last five years playing in Triple-A, hitting .316/.363/.394 in 1,834 plate appearances. In 119 trips to the plate for the Amazin’s last season, he hit .231/.276/.287 while playing all three outfield spots    

Jeurys Familia:

Despite a shaky year with Hi-A St. Lucie in 2010 due in large part to an inability to throw strikes, Familia belongs on this list for his fastball alone. In spite of his 5+ ERA, the 20-year old gained a few ticks on the heater this season which by year’s end was registering in the mid to high 90’s; as the Mets lone representative in the Futures Game, Familia was clocked by Pitch F/X as high as 98 mph. Factor in late, sinking action on the pitch and you’ve got a pretty incredible fastball which proves very difficult to square up (see, 1.61 GB:FB in ’10). His other offerings — a power ‘slurve’ and an improving change — aren’t really special in comparison but even so, Familia could likely make a significant impact based on his fastball alone.  


The New York Yankees have reached an agreement on a minor league contract with pitcher Freddy Garcia, a baseball source told Garcia will receive a $1.5 million base salary, if he makes the big-league club. He can also earn $3.6 million in possible incentives, topping out at 30 starts, according to a source. It also lets Garcia opt out by March 29, according to a report. 


Former Mets right-hander John Maine “feels great,” is “throwing well” and “teams are watching him closely,” agent Rex Gary said.  Maine underwent shoulder surgery during last season. He was cut loose by the Mets because he made $3.3 million last season and was arbitration-eligible


 Ponzi Schemes:

So what if the New York Mets have finished fourth in the NL East in back-to-back seasons? So what if Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo are due a combined $19 million this year? The Mets are baseball’s best at timing Ponzi schemes. 


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