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Mets selling Zach Lutz to Japanese team

Jun 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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Zach Lutz who played briefly for the Mets last season and in 2012, is leaving their Triple-A team to go play in Japan, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Lutz was the Mets’ fifth-round pick in 2007, but never really got a chance despite hitting .295 with 42 homers and an .870 OPS in 308 total games at Triple-A as a third baseman/first baseman. He spent parts of five seasons at Triple-A, compared to logging a grand total of 37 plate appearances in the majors.

But now at least he’ll get a nice payday in Japan at age 28.

  1. karlkolchak - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    How did this guy not ever get the chance to supplant the likes of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda?

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Because the team is not run very well.

  2. nsstlfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    That is exactly what I was thinking. Since Davis is out of the way ship Duda to Japan and bring up this guy. Obviously that won’t work now since he’s on his way to Japan but should have looked into this before.

  3. jerze2387 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    idk… .295 at AAA would probably be about .225 at the Big league level, and that 42HRs doesnt always translate. See Heeeman, Mike and Lambo, Andrew

    • jerze2387 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Hessman*

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