Omar Minaya dealt another member of the Mets tattered bullpen. This time it was Scott Schoeneweis, who was sent to Arizona for right-handed reliever Connor Robertson, the older brother of Yankee pitcher Dave Robertson.
Robertson hasn’t had a lot of success in the pros (he’s only tossed seven innings), but he has shown great ability as a strikeout guy in the minors. We’ll see what kind of impact he has here.
This is the release put out by the club:
METS ACQUIRE RHP CONNOR ROBERTSON FROM ARIZONA
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 12, 2008 – The New York Mets tonight acquired righthanded relief pitcher Connor Robertson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Scott Schoeneweis and cash considerations.
Robertson, 27, was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in nine games with Arizona this past season. In 7.0 innings, he allowed eight hits, four runs, earned, with two walks and two strikeouts. In addition, the 6-2, 220-pounder went 7-4 with a 5.02 ERA in 47 contests with Tucson (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. In 71.2 innings, he surrendered 69 hits, 45 runs, 40 earned, with 30 walks and 72 strikeouts.
“We’re happy to acquire Connor Robertson,” said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. “He has a solid minor league track record and he’s a good addition to our system.”
Robertson is 29-13 with 24 saves a 2.82 ERA in 217 career minor league games. In 305.0 innings, he’s allowed 268 hits, 136 runs, 113 earned, with 123 walks and 382 strikeouts.
He also appeared in three games in relief with the Oakland A’s in 2007. Robertson was included along with righthanded pitcher Dan Haren in Oakland’s trade with Arizona on December 14, 2007.
Schoeneweis, 35, was 2-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 73 games for the Mets in 2008. In 56.2 innings, he allowed 55 hits, 23 runs, 21 earned, with 23 walks and 34 strikeouts.