The Mets have signed former Washington National Wily Mo Pena to a Minor League contract. He’ll start out in Triple-A Buffalo for extended Spring Training.
Pena rejected a Minor League offer from the Nationals, where he hit .205 in 64 games last season. Pena, whom the Mets had signed as an amateur free agent in 1998, hit 77 home runs with three different teams. Ironically, all three teams wore red on their uniforms. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, the Red Sox and the Nationals.
In other news from over the weekend, submarine-style pitcher Darren O’Day was designated for assignment to make room for Nelson Figueroa, who pitched well in place of Mike Pelfrey who was not placed on the disabled list, even though he has right forearm tendinitis.
O’Day was a Rule 5 Draft pickup from the Los Angeles Angels, who now has the opportunity to take him back. This is the first time the Mets are without a submarine-style pitcher in several years. The Mets gave up Joe Smith in a three-team trade in the off-season. Smith replaced Chad Bradford, who pitched for the Mets in 2006.
I was sorry to see both relievers go as they both pitched well for the Mets during their stints. Bradford has pitched well for the Baltimore Orioles and 2008 American League champs Tampa Bay Rays. Smith has a 2.45 ERA with the Indians.