I figure Ruben Tejada will go to AAA Buffalo to play SS everyday. Jose Coronado will play SS at Binghamton, with Reese Havens at 2B. Maybe, just maybe, Sandoval will play SS for St. Lucie, and the Mets will return Wilmer Flores to the SAL as an 18-year old. Such a move would be a welcome departure from the aggressive promotion schedule for young international prospects in recent years. Robbie Shields would have been a candidate to play SS in St. Lucie, but his fall Tommy John surgery precludes such a move.
Riggans Signing Helps?The Mets also announced that they have signed 29 year old C Shawn Riggans to be their 12th string catcher. In 188 AB, he's a career .202/.266/.356 hitter. Averaging Chone and Marcel, he's projected to hit .242/.302/.395. Maybe the idea is that with Riggans around, if Josh Thole wins an MLB job, Buffalo will have another option.
Mike JacobsI'm not going to read too much into this one. If Jacobs and his sub-.300 OBP bat in the same lineup as Omir Santos, the Mets are going to have a lot of trouble scoring runs. His signing helps Buffalo, but if he, and his abysmal defense play 1B regularly in NYC, the Mets are in big trouble. Buffalo could hit a lot of HR this year.
GM ShuffleFormer Binghamton Mets General Manager Scott Brown has left the AA B-Mets to take the GM job with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Advanced-A Carolina League affiliate. Brown had been the B-Mets GM for the last five seasons, and will officially begin his new job in early March. Meanwhile, back at NYSEG stadium, the B-Mets promoted Jim Weed, who had been the team's assistant GM for the last five years, to be the club's new GM. Weed, who has been with Binghamton for 14 years, went fromintern to Director of Business Operations in one year.