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Mets and Reliever Schoeneweis are Close to 3yr Deal news services

The New York Mets are on the verge of signing free-agent pitcher Scott Schoeneweis to a three-year deal, major league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

Schoeneweis has experience as a starter and a reliever, but the Mets plan to use the 33-year-old left-hander out of the bullpen. In 71 appearances last season for the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays, Schoeneweis went 4-2 with four saves and a 4.88 ERA. He held left-handed batters to a .236 average and a .292 slugging percentage.

Not so sure this is the best deal, atleast not until the dollar amounts are released. 3 years to a 33 year old lefty isn’t that big of a problem either, as long as he is coming out of the bullpen and not starting.

It will help that Schoeneweis is in the National League full time and not in American League East which is totally brutal. The Mets needed a lefty to get Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. The Phillies appear to be the toughest competition for the Mets in the NL East.

Schoeneweis should also benefit from having pitching coach Rick Peterson at his disposal now. This is a deal that needed to be made to get a lefty but they could’ve spent their dollars more wisely.

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Amazing how time changes people when Scott was with the Angels one of his main reasons for wanting to leave the team was he wanted to be a starter. I guess he has accepted his role and enjoys cashing checks.

Posted by Mister Biggs | January 10, 2007 | 06:16 pm | Permalink

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