Saturday, January 06, 2007

Hello, Newhan.

The Mets signed supersub David Newhan to a one year contract yesterday. Newhan, a 33 year old lefty, has played every position on the field except pitcher, catcher, and shortstop, but has mostly appeared as an outfielder. Even though Newhan is 33, he has only 293 games on his resume. Newhan's a career .256 hitter, with 20 homeruns. He played just 39 games for the Orioles in 2006, missing most of the season with a broken leg, suffered sliding into second base in April.

Interestingly, Newhan had been signed by the O's last Spring to be a reserve outfielder, but played so well that he found himself starting regularly until the injury. Newhan will have to be twice as effective this spring if he wants to find playing time in the Mets crowded outfield, but may see playing time in the infield if Jose Valentin takes a step backward. Figure Newhan to be this year's Chris Woodward.

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