Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mets Sign Sele

According to a team press release, the Mets have signed 36 year old righthander Aaron Sele to a minor league deal. Sele is a 14 year veteran who pitched to a 8-6 record with a 4.53 ERA in 28 appearances for the Dodgers in 2006.

Behind the numbers:
Although Sele made 13 relief appearances last season (27 hits in 19 innings), the Mets presumably signed Sele to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. As a starter in 2006, Sele was 7-5 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts. Sele had one very good month last year, May, when he went 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 5 starts. Overall on the year, opposing batters hit .290 off Sele (.280 as a starter).

Sele has a lifetime 145-110 record with a 4.59 ERA. Twice an All-Star, Sele was one of the game's top pitchers from 1997 - 2001, posting an 82-47 record, until shoulder problems started to sideline him in 2002. From 2002 - 2006 he's 38-42, but obviously, this is one of those low-risk cases where the Mets are hoping to get lucky.

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