It was a terrible season for the New York Mets in 2012 and it will probably get worse in 2013. The organization has begun the restructuring process as they hope that their young players will save the team in 2013. The bullpen was horrendous in 2012 as they had a combined 4.65 ERA which was just a fraction over the Milwaukee Brewers.
However, the team is attempting to put together a mediocre team that can hopefully compete for wins and maybe even get to .500 for the first time since 2008 when the team finished second in the NL East. It took until now for the Mets to sign their first player of the off-season.
Aaron Laffey has signed a minor-league deal with the organization with an invite to spring training. Laffey is credited with 65 starts throughout his six year MLB career. He will likely not be a starter considering the team has Johan Santana, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey with the addition of a free-agent pitcher which will likely be signed within the next week or two.
Laffey is a long shot to making the rotation considering that he has previously had more success in the bullpen in the past. He has pitched for four teams in his six years in the majors including the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays with a record of 25-29 with a 4.38 ERA.
In Triple-A Las Vegas during 2012, Laffey was just 3-5 in 11 starts with a 4.52 ERA. He has the potential to be a good fit with the Mets organization but, if he makes the club out of spring training, it will be in the bullpen as a the team desperately needs a LHP that can pitch several innings at a time.
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