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Mets re-sign Cora to 1-year deal with 2011 option

Nov 30, 2009, 2:58 PM EDT

WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports that Alex Cora is close to returning to the Mets for the same $2 million that he earned this season. According to Bradford the one-year contract will also include a vesting option for 2011, but the details of that aren’t yet available.
Cora was slated for a bench job when he joined the Mets as a free agent last offseason, but Jose Reyes’ hamstring problems pushed him into extended duty and he ended up with more than 300 plate appearances for the first time since 2004 despite playing through torn thumb ligaments in both hands.
He didn’t play particularly well, batting just .251/.320/.310 while making 54 starts at shortstop and another 13 at second base, but as far as utility infielders go Cora is a decent one. As is the case with most mid-30s infielders his range defensively has slipped, but he remains capable of doing a passable job at either up-the-middle spot and has hit .254/.326/.344 over the past three seasons.
MLB shortstops and second basemen hit .271/.332/.405 as a group this season and those numbers include all the starters, so .254/.326/.344 or even .251/.320/.310 isn’t bad from a backup. Plus, if Cora ends up logging 300 plate appearances again in 2010 that means something went terribly wrong for the Mets and paying $2 million for a mediocre utility man will be the least of their problems.

  1. Ross - Nov 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    I’d like to quote something here because it seems fairly relevant:
    “…he ended up with more than 300 plate appearances for the first time since 2004 despite playing through torn thumb ligaments in both hands.”
    “…batting just .251/.320/.310 while making 54 starts at shortstop and another 13 at second base, but as far as utility infielders go Cora is a decent one.”
    He batted “just” .251 with TORN THUMB LIGAMENTS IN BOTH HANDS! The fact that he hit the ball went further into fair territory than the bat should be considered a victory.

  2. Ross - Nov 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    *The fact that he hit the ball and it went further into fair territory than the bat should be considered a victory.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Nov 30, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Cora impressed me with how much he was able to tough it out last season. That doesn’t make him much more than a decent player, but I am glad to see him come back.

  4. Jimmy - Nov 30, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Cora was one of the Mets’ best players this eason. $2 million is a bargain for him! It doesn’t look like anything is changing this offseason in Queens, if this is any indication.

  5. peteinfla - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    What a great move! They got their utility infielder. Now if they can just fill some small holes like 2 or 3 starting pitchers,some bullpen help, left field, right field, catcher, 1st base and 2nd base, they should run away with the division! Start printing the playoff tickets!

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