Mets Lose Pitchers Jack Egbert and Garrett Olson to Minor League Free Agency

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

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So long, Jack Egbert and Garrett Olson; we hardly knew ye.

The pitchers opted for minor league free agency after spending the majority of 2012 with the New York Mets’ Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons.

Mostly used in relief, the right-handed Egbert was 3-4 with 27 strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA in 27 minor league games this past season. Olson, a southpaw, was 4-7 with a 4.63 ERA in 34 games on the farm, 21 of which he started.

Both also spent a single game with the Mets in 2012, experiencing vastly different degrees of success.

The 29-year-old Egbert’s lone match with the big club came on May 28 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, retiring both batters he faced.

Olson was not so lucky.

Called up later in the season to spell a struggling bullpen, the 28-year-old made his Mets debut August 8 against the Miami Marlins.  In one-third of an inning, he allowed three hits, one walk and four earned runs, giving him an ERA of 108.00.

Egbert, who joined the Mets system a few years ago but did not pitch in the organization until 2011, previously spent a couple of games with the Chicago White Sox in 2009. In total, he is 0-0 with a 21.60 ERA in three career games at the big league level.

Olson, a former first-round draft pick, signed as a free agent with the Mets on December 12, 2011. He previously pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates, and he is 14-22 with a 6.26 ERA in 104 major league games.

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