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Mets invite 6 minor leaguers to Spring Training

Posted By James Kwasnik On January 5, 2010 @ 11:50 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The Mets signed six players, some of whom have been previously reported, to minor league contracts today. They are: infielder Russ Adams, third baseman Mike Cervenak, righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey, outfielder Jesus Feliciano, infielder Andy Green and infielder Mike Hessman.

The official release is below:

The New York Mets today announced that they signed infielder Russ Adams, third baseman Mike Cervenak, righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey, outfielder Jesus Feliciano, infielder Andy Green and infielder Mike Hessman to minor league contracts and invited all six to major league Spring Training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla. next month.

Adams, 29, started last season in Toronto’s system with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League before an eight-game stint with the Blue Jays in July.  He finished the season with San Diego’s organization at Portland (AAA) of the PCL, hitting .267 in 36 games.  Adams played parts of five major league seasons with the Blue Jays after making his debut in 2004.

Cervenak made his second straight International League All-Star Game last season while playing for Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia’s Triple-A affiliate.  The 33-year-old saw his only major league action in 2008 with the Phillies, picking up his first major league hit and RBI on August 6. He spent a portion of the 2006 season playing professionally in Korea.

Dickey spilt last season between Minnesota and Rochester (AAA) of the International League.  The 35-year-old righthander made the Twins’ Opening Day roster and appeared in 35 games before being optioned to the Red Wings on August 7.  A veteran of parts of seven major league seasons with Texas, Seattle and the Twins, Dickey has a career record of 22-28.

Feliciano led the International League in hits with 154 while playing for Buffalo (AAA) last season. The 30-year-old outfielder also finished with a career-high 30 doubles and a .311 average to win the Sterling Award for the Bisons, emblematic of the team’s Most Valuable Player.  Originally drafted by the Dodgers in 1997, Feliciano appeared in six games for Team Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Green appeared in four games with the Mets last season, picking up one hit in four at-bats. Besides a nine-game rehabilitation stint with the GCL Mets® of the Gulf Coast League and Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League, the 32-year-old utility man spent the remainder of the season with Buffalo where he hit .259 (45-174).

Hessman, 32, spent last season in Detroit’s system at Toledo (AAA) of the International League, finishing fifth in the league with 23 home runs.  The 6-1, 180-pounder last appeared in the major leagues with the Tigers in 2008 when he hit five home runs in 12 games.  Hessman has 311 career minor league home runs and won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

The team also announced the signings of infielder Alejandro Machado and catcher Luke Montz to contracts.  Both will be invited to minor league Spring Training next month.

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