Lefthander Dave Williams, one of the candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation, underwent surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his neck after complaining of pain after starting his throwing program. The Mets should know sometime next week when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll resume baseball activities. Williams was 3-1 with a 5.59 ERA in six games, including five starts, for the Mets last season, after coming over from Cincinnati in late May.
The Mets announced they signed veteran outfielder Ruben Sierra to a minor league contract. Sierra, 41, is a .268 lifetime hitter with 306 homers and 1,322 RBI. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s played with Texas, Oakland, the Yankees, Toronto, Cincinnati, Chicago White Sox, Detroit, Seattle and Minnesota.
Also, 28-year-old pitcher Jason Standridge elected to be a free agent. He was designated for assignment, Jan. 26.