Cutnpaste: – Jack Egbert, Francisco Rodriguez, Mike Pelfrey, Carlos Beltran, Greg Goosen

Jack Egbert:

New York Mets – Signed: RHP Jack Egbert (re-signed) – The Mets claimed command-oriented righty Jack Egbert, a Staten Island native who attended Rutgers, on waivers in September ’09, only to see him miss the entire ’10 campaign to injury


Now Rodriguez is another story, a player who was a problem in so many ways last year – attacking his girlfriend’s father in the players family room at Citi Field, facing possible jail time (which he avoided with anger management) and also injuring his pitching hand in the assault. Now he’s back on the mound, insisting that he’s healthy and also that he has calmed down his off-field behavior, but maintained his fiery persona on the mound. Today is the first test of that


Mike Pelfrey:

Mike Pelfrey knows exactly what he will be doing one month from tonight. “I know when I’m starting,” said Pelfrey, who will be the Mets’ opening night starter at Florida on April 1. The right-hander survived his first start of the spring yesterday by allowing two runs, one unearned, on five hits over three innings against the Nationals. Pelfrey kept his pitches down and showed solid command of his secondary arsenal, according to manager Terry Collins.


Carlos Beltran:
Carlos Beltran hasn’t started a regular season game in right field since September 30, 2000 as a 23-year-old with the Royals. That’s all about to change. Beltran, who turns 34 in April, announced Monday that he will make the switch to right field this season. The move puts Angel Pagan, the team’s best defensive outfielder, in center field and allows Beltran to put less of a burden on his surgically-repaired right knee. The switch gives Beltran — who is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million contract — a chance to extend his career, but it’s also just the latest indication that he may never be the same player again, at least from a fantasy perspective.


Greg Goossen:
Catcher Greg Goossen, one of the few people to play for the short lived Seattle Pilots, passed away Saturday. He played for nothing but expansion teams, coming up with the Mets, moving to the Pilots in 1969, following the team to Milwaukee before finishing with the second version of the Washington Senators. After posting terrible numbers in New York, he hit .309/.385/.597 in 52 games for Seattle, finishing with the highest slugging percentage on the team for anyone with 50 PA. Despite just 139 at bats, Greg hit 10 home runs, the third highest total by a Pilots player.



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