Mets sign Schoeneweis, Sosa
Minaya says club may be done dealing after latest signings
NEW YORK -- The Mets are finished. That's it for them. They're done.
The acquisition of Jorge Sosa says so, and so does their general manager -- kind of. Except for Spring Training, a 162-game schedule and, they hope, another appearance in the postseason, they're done.
The Mets announced two moves on Tuesday, each of which had been unofficial and unconfirmed last week, the signings of Sosa, the right-handed starter to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million, and left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis to a three-year contract for $10.8 million. The Mets acknowledged they have nothing left to do -- in terms of adding player personnel -- before Spring Training.
While saying, "We're never done," GM Omar Minaya did acknowledge that the free-agent market has no more talent the Mets find appealing, that a trade at this point is unlikely and that the 40-man roster as is will probably be the team that begins Spring Training next month.
Schoeneweis and Sosa are the ninth and 10th Major League players the Mets have added to their 40-man roster since the end of last season, excluding Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez, Guillermo Mota and Jose Valentin -- who were off the roster as free agents before re-signing -- and Mike DiFelice, who was signed as a free agent to a Minor League contract.
Now all that remains for Minaya and his staff is to negotiate contracts with players not eligible for arbitration, keep tabs on the progress of patients Duaner Sanchez and Pedro Martinez, privately fret about their rotation and pack for Port St. Lucie and go on seven weeks of pitchers' fielding practice, starting-pitcher auditions and occasional losses of power -- electrical, not home run.
Minaya, speaking from Houston via conference call on Tuesday, said Schoeneweis, 33, had been on the top of the club's list of available left-handed relievers.
"We've been after him for a while," the general manager said. "Statistically, our left-handed relief is as good as there in the game."
In the last three seasons, Schoeneweis has allowed one home run to a left-handed batter, Matt Stairs of the Royals in 2005. Left-handed hitters had 201 at-bats against him in 2005 and 2006 and batted .209 with a .264 slugging average and a .293 on-base average.
Schoeneweis split last season with the Blue Jays and Reds and produced a 4-2 record and 4.88 ERA in 71 appearances and 51 2/3 innings. He allowed one run in 16 appearances (14 1/3 innings) with the Reds.
Sosa, 28, had a 13-3 record and a 2.55 ERA with Atlanta in 2005 and had a subpar season with the Braves and Cardinals last season. With the Braves, Sosa produced a 3-10 record with three saves and a 5.46 ERA in 26 games (13 starts). With the Cardinals, he was 0-1 in 19 relief appearances with a 5.28 ERA. Sosa allowed 30 home runs in the 118 innngs he pitched with both teams.
"Jorge can start, pitch in the middle or at the end of the game," Minaya said. "He gives us the flexibility that you like to have on your staff."
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.