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The Mets sign Fernando Tatis

Jan 29, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

It was reported yesterday that the Mets were close to a deal with Fernando Tatis to be their part-time first baseman. Now that deal is done, according to the New York Post. Tatis will get less than the $1.7 million he made last year, but there are some incentives built in that can get him close, the Post reports.

I hadn’t realized this before, but there is apparently a personal connection between Omar Minaya and Tatis, in that Minaya signed Tatis to his first
professional contract in 1992 when Minaya was a scout for the Rangers. Minaya subsequently brought him to Montreal and then of course to New York.  Still, it’s not as if this was purely a friendship deal, as the Mariners Rockies and Indians were all reportedly interested in Tatis to greater or lesser degrees.

To the extent Mets fans are unhappy about this, look on the bright side: Ike Davis made Keith Law’s top 100 prospects list released yesterday — he’s at 64 — and if all things go as planned, he’ll probably be manning first in Queens next year.

  1. Schmiddty - Jan 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Who cares?

  2. Simon DelMonte - Jan 29, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    I’m not unhappy about this. I don’t love having a platoon with two players who are underachievers, but I like Tatis as a bench player and I think that moving on from Delgado is better than having Delgado at first.

  3. Jonny5 - Jan 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Mets fans should be happy. Delgado won’t cut anything but the cheese this season.

  4. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    At least he is not another Latino player like Jason Bay, Los Mets
    have not had many signings for waht their fans would have liked to see but at least the guy’s they do bring in are quality people and will be good clubhouse people.The one thing I like about what happened last year is the players stuck together and didn’t throw each other under the bus.I saw alot of bad baseball, base running blunders, fielding and hitting, they never pointed fingers.The veterans and character guy’s were awesome, alot of people would have ripped the young fellas.

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