Thursday, January 08, 2009

Transplanted ex-Mets Update: Vance Wilson

According to the Kansas City Stay, the Royals have signed ex-Mets catcher Vance Wilson to a minor league contract. According to the story,

"Wilson will continue to rehabilitate from a right elbow injury, and as such won't be in big-league camp during spring training. That elbow injury limited the 35-year-old to three games over the past two seasons."

Drafted by the Mets out of college, Vance Wilson is remembered best by Mets fans as Mike Piazza's back-up from 2001 to 2004. In 286 games with the Mets, Vance Wilson hit .254 with 17 dingers and 92 RBI, and had an on base percentage of .308. Those numbers, compiled over six seasons, would be a poor one full season for the guy he was backing up, but Vance was a more-than serviceable backup for Mike Piazza, especially in the category of throwing out base runners.

Vance Wilson became a transplanted ex-Met in January 2005 when he was traded to Detroit for Anderson Hernandez.

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