Still Kickin' Around: How Former Mets Players Are Doing in 2012, Part III
Players come and players go; that is the nature of baseball. For many fans, however, when a player leaves their favorite team—in this case, the New York Mets—that player is gone forever. He may still be active, yes, but they lose interest in him.
Well today, in 2012, lots of former Mets are still kicking around—from Angel Pagan to Jason Pridie and Guillermo Mota. Some have forged pretty good careers since leaving the team, while others have fizzled.
We've already gone through two rounds of former Mets, but there are still more to go! Let's see how even more past New Yorkers are doing today.
Outfielder Carlos Gomez was a pretty big prospect when he first arrived on the scene for the New York Mets as a 21-year-old kid in 2007. He played in 58 games for the team and stole 12 bases, highlighting his incredible speed.
2012 has been arguably the best year of his career, too—in 91 games, he is hitting .260 with 11 home runs, 32 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. He eclipsed the 10 dinger mark for the first time in his career and the 20 steal mark for the first time since 2008.
Year with Mets: 2007
Stats with Mets: 58 G, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 12 SB, .232 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 572 G, 34 HR, 167 RBI, 102 SB, .246 BA
Willie Harris spent a single season in New York and was a semi-serviceable reserve outfielder. In 126 games, he hit .246 with two home runs and 23 RBI.
Unfortunately, he could not not carry whatever success he had into the next season.
He joined the Cincinnati Reds for 2012 and has been thoroughly disappointing. In 44 at-bats, he has only five hits for a .114 batting average.
Hey, at least four of those hits are doubles.
Year with Mets: 2011
Stats with Mets: 126 G, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 36 R, .246 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 25 G, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, .114 BA
Pitcher Livan Hernandez arrived in New York as a free agent in 2009 and, after 23 mediocre starts, he was released and signed by the Washington Nationals (with whom he made eight more mediocre starts).
Mediocre has been the key word to describe his career, though—he's never been great, but he's always been an innings-eater who can win games from time to time.
2012 has not been much different than the rest of his career—lackluster, that is—except he has been used entirely as a relief pitcher for the first time in his long stay in the big leagues.
He has split the season between Atlanta and Milwaukee and is 3-1 with a 5.16 ERA in 32 appearances.
Year with Mets: 2009
Stats with Mets: 23 G, 7-8 W-L, 5.47 ERA
Stats since leaving Mets: 102 G, 23-30 W-L, 4.27 ERA
Like Carlos Gomez before him, starting pitcher Philip Humber was a part of the deal that sent Johan Santana to the Mets.
The third-overall pick in the 2004 draft, Humber bounced around the big leagues until 2011, when he latched on with the Chicago White Sox.
Still with Chicago, he is 5-5 with a 5.87 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) in 2012. The highlight of his season, of course, is the perfect game he threw against the Seattle Mariners on April 27.
Years with Mets: 2006-07
Stats with Mets: 5 G, 0-0 W-L, 6.00 ERA
Stats since leaving Mets: 67 G, 16-15 W-L, 4.60 ERA
Former Mets wunderkind Fernando Martinez didn't live up to the high expectations set for him—he spent parts of three seasons with the team, but never hit above .227.
During the 2011-12 offseason, he was selected off waivers by the Houston Astros and has spent most of the season in the minor leagues. In a nine-game cup of coffee earlier in the year, he hit .125 with a single home run and five RBI.
Though he has yet to perform at the level expected of him, Martinez is still only 23-years-old, meaning he still has some time to improve and, potentially, blossom. He is hitting .314 at Triple-A, after all.
Years with Mets: 2009-11
Stats with Mets: 47 G, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .183 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 9 G, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .125 BA
In 2006, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota arrived in New York and was incredible, going 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 late-season games.
By the end of 2007, however, his past performance had been forgotten as he posted an atrocious 5.76 ERA in 52 appearances.
He began 2012 in San Francisco, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine appearances, but had his season cut short after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second time in his career.
That landed him a 100 game suspension, effectively ending his season.
Years with Mets: 2006-07
Stats with Mets: 70 G, 5-2 W-L, 4.66 ERA
Stats since leaving Mets: 236 G, 11-16 W-L, 3.94 ERA
Xavier Nady wasn't around long, but in his short time with the Mets, he was impressive. In 75 games in 2006, he hit .264 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI. He was then shipped away partway through the season and has performed well since.
Except for this year, that is. In 2012, he's hit only .157 with three home runs and six RBI for the Washington Nationals. That's a far cry from the guy who, in 2008, hit .305 with 25 homers for the Pirates and the Yankees.
Year with Mets: 2006
Stats with Mets: 75 G, 14 HR, 40 RBI, .264 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 576 G, 61 HR, 268 RBI, .275 BA
I always liked outfielder Angel Pagan. Though he really had only one great year with New York, he was always an exciting player with his fantastic speed and occasional pop.
Unfortunately, I'm not the Mets' General Manager, Sandy Alderson, who thought it wise to trade Pagan away before the 2012 season.
It was a bad idea. Now with San Francisco, Pagan is hitting .277 with seven triples and 19 stolen bases in 111 games.
The players the team received in return, reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres, have an ERA of 4.20 and a batting average of .237, respectively.
Years with Mets: 2008-11
Stats with Mets: 393 G, 24 HR, 170 RBI, 87 SB, .284 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 111 G, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 19 SB, .277 BA
Outfielder Jason Pridie kind of came out of nowhere in 2011 and stuck around with the Mets for most of the year. Though he hit only .231, he stole seven bases and played respectable defense.
Now with the Phillies, he is hitting .300 in 10 at-bats.
Year with Mets: 2011
Stats with Mets: 101 G, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB, .231 BA
Stats since leaving Mets: 9 G, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .300 BA
J. J. Putz
The Mets have a strange way with relievers sometimes. A hurler may do well before he joins the team and afterward, too, but in his time with the Mets he can be downright terrible.
Such is the case with J.J. Putz. He spent only a year in New York and posted an ERA of 5.22 in 29 games.
Since then, he has become an All-Star-quality closer, saving as many as 45 games in a season. This year, with Arizona, he has 22 saves and a 3.35 ERA in 39 games.
Year with Mets: 2009
Stats with Mets: 29 G, 1-4 W-L, 2 SV, 5.29 ERA
Stats since leaving Mets: 159 G, 10-11 W-L, 70 SV, 2.71 ERA