Mike Nickeas – His New York Mets Career 2010,2011,2012

Mike NickeasThe New York Mets acquired catcher Mike Nickeas from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Victor Diaz on August 30, 2006.  After spending five seasons in the minors Nickeas finally made his Major League debut on September 4, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.  As the starting catcher he went 0-2 at the plate.  He would appear in five games for the Mets down the stretch at batted .200 (2 for 10).  Both of his hits came in the same game on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nickeas started the 2011 season with the Mets, appearing in 8 games before being demoted to the minors at the end of April.  At the time he was hitting .250 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs. His first home run came on April 21st in 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.  Nickeas returned to the Mets at the end of the season.  He appeared in another 13 games and finished with a .189 average (10 for 53).

He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Mets appearing in 47 games and batted .174 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs.  His 1 home run was a grand slam in the Mets 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on May 26.

Following the season Nickeas was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A Dickey and Josh Thole in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndegaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 73 total games over 3 seasons with the Mets Nickeas hit .180 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs.

While with the Mets Nickeas wore number 13 in 2010 and 2011 and number 4 in 2012.

Mike Nickeas also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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D.J. Carrasco – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

DJ CarrascoThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  He made his Met debut on April 3, 2011 pitching 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  He would go on to appear in 42 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 6.02 ERA.  His only victory occurred on August 9 when he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.  He lost his only start on April 16th against the Atlanta Braves, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed 3 earned runs.

Carrasco appeared in 4 games for the Mets in 2012 and posted a 7.36 ERA before being released on May 25.

In 46 games over 2 seasons Carrasco posted a 1-3 record with a 6.11 ERA

While with the Mets Carrasco wore number 77.

D.J. Carrasco also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 2003,2004,2005
Chicago White Sox – 2008,2009
Arizona Diamondbacks- 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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Jack Egbert – His New York Mets Career 2012

Jack EgbertRight-handed pitcher Jack Egbert’s Mets career lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  He made his Met debut on May 28, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He entered the 9th inning with the Mets trailing 8-4 and retired the final two batters.   Following the game, he was shipped down to the minors where he finished out the season.  After the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team,

While with the Mets Egbert wore number 61.

Jack Egbert also played for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

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Justin Hampson – His New York Mets Career 2012

Justin HampsonThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson as a free agent on February 8, 2011.   He spent the entire 2011 season in the minors where he went 3 and 3 with 1 save and a 3.41 ERA.  He also started the 2012 season in the minors before finally getting the call to New York in June.  He made his Met debut on June 25 pitching the final inning in the Mets 6-1 loss to the Cubs.  He made two more appearances before being sent back to the minors.  He returned to the Mets when rosters expanded in September and appeared in an additional 10 games.  In 13 appearances, all out of the bullpen, he posted a 0-0 record with 1.80 ERA in 10 innings. 

Hampson remained in the Met organization in 2013 but once again spent the entire season in the minors.  He posted a 6-4 record with 2 saves a 3.63 for the Las Vegas 51’s.

While with the Mets Hampson wore number 45.

Justin Hampson also played for the following teams:
Colorado Rockies – 2006
San Diego Padres – 2007,2008

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Jon Rauch – His New York Mets Career 2012

Jon RauchThe Mets signed veteran right-handed reliever Jon Rauch as a free agent prior to the 2012 season.  At 6’11’’ he has the distinction of being the tallest player in MLB history.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves pitching a perfect 1-2-3 8th inning to help preserve the Mets 1-0 victory.  He earned his first win as a Met on April 9th against the Washington Nationals and would finish the month of April with a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA in 12 appearances.   On May 8th, he earned his first save as a Met against the Philadelphia Phillies.   He would go on to appear in 73 games, all out of the bullpen, posting a 3-7 record with 4 saves and a 3.59 ERA.

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Marlins.

While with the Mets Rauch wore number 60.

Jon Rauch also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2002,2004
Montreal Expos – 2004
Washington Nationals – 2005-2008
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2008,2009
Minnesota Twins – 2009,2010
Toronto Blue Jays – 2011
Miami Marlins – 2013

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Garrett Olson – His New York Mets Career 2012

TGarrett olsonhe Mets career of left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson was very brief and very ugly.  After signing as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season, Olson began the season pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.  When Tim Byrdak went down with an injury for the Mets, Olson was promoted to the big club and made his Met debut on August 8th against the Miami Marlins.  He pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up 3 earned runs in a game the Mets would lose 13-0.   It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform as three days later he was designated for assignment ending his Mets career.

While with the Mets Olson wore number 38.

Garrett Olson also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2007,2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2011

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Manny Acosta – His New York Mets Career 2010-2012

Manny AcostaThe Mets claimed right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010.  After starting the season in the minors Acosta made his Met debut on April 21 against the Chicago Cubs.  He allowed 3 runs over 1 1/3 innings in the Mets 9-3 loss.  He earned his win as a Met three days later when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Mets in 2010 posting a 3-2 record with 1 save and a 2.95 ERA.  His only save came on August 18th against the Houston Astros when he pitched a scoreless 14th inning to protect the Mets 3-2.

Acosta started the 2011 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June   He would appear in 44 games posting a 4-1 record with 4 saves and 3.45 ERA.  Following the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, he was often used as the team’s closer. 

He returned in 2012 but suffered through his worst season as a Met.  He went 1-3 in 45 games with one save and posted an astronomical ERA of 6.46. 

Following the season, he was granted free agency and opted to take his right arm to Japan.  In 130 relief appearances for the Mets over 3 season he recorded a 8-6 record with 6 saves and 4.37 ERA.

While with the Mets Acosta wore 36 in 2010 and number 46 in 2011 and 2012.

Manny Acosta also played for the Atlanta Braves from 2007-2009.

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Zach Lutz – His New York Mets Career 2012,2013

Zach LutzAfter spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system, infielder Zach Lutz finally made his Major League debut on April 24, 2012 against the Miami Marlins as pinch hitter for pitcher Ramon Ramirez. For the record, he struck out.  He appeared in three more games for the Mets before being shipped back to the minors.  On April 27 as the starting first baseman against the Colorado Rockies he recorded his first Major League hit, a single.  Lutz returned to the Mets in September and went 0 for 3 as a pinch hitter.

Lutz spent most of the 2013 season in the minors but did appear in 15 games for the Mets, mainly in September when rosters expanded.  He hit .300 (6 for 20) and drove in 2 runs. 

He returned to the minors in 2014 but was released by the Mets in the middle of June.  In 22 games for the Mets over 2 seasons, he hit .226 with 2 RBIs.

While with the Mets Lutz wore number 19.

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Kelly Shoppach – His New York Mets Career 2012

kelly shoppachThe Mets acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox on August 14, 2012 from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Pedro Beato.  He made his Met debut on August 16th as the starting catcher against the Cincinnati Reds, he went 0 for 3.  He would go on to appear in 28 games for the Mets, hitting .203 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  His most productive day with the Mets occurred on August 28th against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs as the Mets won 9-5.

Following the season, he was granted free agency and signed with the Seattle Mariners.

While with the Mets Shoppach wore number 6.

Kelly Shoppach also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2005,2012
Cleveland Indians – 2006-2009,2013
Tampa Bay Rays – 2010,2011
Seattle Mariners – 2013

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Ronny Cedeno – His New York Mets Career 2012

Ronny CedenoThe Mets signed Ronny Cedeno, a journeyman shortstop, as a free agent on January 6, 2012.  Cedeno would spend the 2012 season serving as a reserve infielder for the Mets.  He would appear in 78 games and hit .259 with 4 home runs and 22 RBIs.  His first home run as a Met occurred on May 17, a three-run homer in the 8th inning that help propel the Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Cedeno’s most productive day with the Mets came on August 2 against the San Francisco.  In the Mets 9-1 victory Cedeno went 3-5 with two doubles and 5 RBIs.

Following the season Cedeno signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent. 

While with the Mets Cedeno wore number 13.

Ronny Cedeno also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2005-2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2009-2011
San Diego Padres – 2013
Houston Astros – 2013
Philadelphia Phillies – 2014

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