Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Meanderings

Just a couple of quick hits: The Hated Phillies have signed onetime Met infielder Miguel Cairo to a minor-league deal and invited him to Spring Training. Miguel was essentially the Mets' starting second baseman in 2005, posting a paltry OPS+ of 64 in 100 games. Last year he played for the Mariners--if he appears with the Phillies, it will be Cairo's eighth different big-league team, including two separate stints each with the Cardinals, the Cubs, and the Yankees.

2000 star pitcher and noted aficionado of education Mike Hampton was sent home from the Astros' training camp after an irregular heartbeat was discovered. This setback is not thought to be serious. Mike was once one of the National League's brightest stars ... until he signed that free-agent mega-contract with the Colorado Rockies in 2001. Since then, it's been a bumpy road for Mike, including missing the entire 2006-07 seasons with injuries. As much as I wished for his failure as a member of the Hated Braves, I hope this new problem is indeed nothing to be concerned about.

And finally, old friend Jason Phillips is still out there plugging away. The only action Jason saw in 2008 was in the minors for Richmond, but he has just signed a new minor-league contract with Seattle, where there's an outside chance for him to see a few more big-league at-bats. Jason was the starting first baseman for most of 2003, having a surprisingly good year with the bat, and the starting catcher in 2004. In March 2005, the Mets traded him to the Dodgers for Kaz Ishii--betcha didn't remember that! His most recent big-league action was as a bench player for the 2006-07 Blue Jays.

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