Friday, January 12, 2007

Mets To Sign Sosa;
Expos To Pass On Trachsel

The Mets are about to sign Jorge Sosa, the righthanded pitcher who posted a 3-11 record with a 5.42 ERA for the Braves and Cardinals last season. And you thought Schoeneweis was a strange signing?

13 of his 45 appearances in 2006 were as a starter, all for the Braves, and he went 1-8 with a 5.53 ERA in that role. So clearly Omar isn't signing him to fill out the Mets rotation, we hope. As a reliever Sosa was slightly better, allowing 49 hits (including 13 HR's) and 20 walks against 30 strikeouts in 48 innings, posting a 5.25 ERA in that role.

Sosa pitched for the Devil Rays from 2002 to 2004, but had his best year in 2005 with Atlanta, when he went 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA and kept opposing hitters to a .240 batting average. So, he is just one year removed from that breakout year, but it was a truly precipitous drop in performance indeed in 2006.

If I had to name one positive thing to say about Jorge Sosa, it would be that for the past three seasons, he's kept righthanded hitters to a .249 batting average. Matt Cerrone is a little higher on this signing that I am.

The Mets outbid the Washington Nationals for Sosa's services, who instead signed pitchers Jerome Williams and ex-Yankee Brandon Claussen. The Expos will now no longer pursue Steve Trachsel, according to the article on Washington had extended contract offers to Sosa, Williams, Trachsel, Tony Armas Jr. and Ramon Ortiz, and now that they've signed Williams and Claussen, they'll explore cheaper options.

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