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Thoughts on Collin Cowgill, Frank Francisco & other Mets items

Signed Collin Cowgill 2010 Topps Pro Debut baseball card from my collection
Signed Collin Cowgill 2010 Topps Pro Debut baseball card from my collection

The Mets acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte on Tuesday. I’ve got a vague memory of seeing him play against the Mets last year when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but I remember Cowgill more for his unusual name than his playing ability.

In very limited major league playing time, Cowgill has good numbers against left-handed pitching and he has played centerfield. That probably sets him up as a platoon partner with Kirk Nieuwenhuis next year, but I guess we’ll find out during spring training.

Marte was another Omar Minaya-era international free agent who doesn’t have a real position. He’ll probably blossom in the Oakland farm system, but we’ll never hear about it since no one ever pays any attention to the A’s unless they’re beating their favorite team.

Jefry Marte plays for the Binghamton Mets against the Trenton Thunder in Trenton during the 2012 season (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Jefry Marte, seen here with the Binghamton Mets in 2012, was traded to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Collin Cowgill on Dec. 18, 2012. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Mets introduced prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the media on Tuesday, and Syndergaard started off by apologizing for using a term he shouldn’t have in a public Twitter conversation with a friend. You’d really think the union would do more social media training and you’d hope that someone would make the effort to promote tolerance.

d’Arnaud, at least, earns some points for mentioning that Mike Piazza was his baseball role model.

Baseball Prospectus released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Mets’ farm system and d’Arnaud and Syndergaard took the second and third spots, following Zack Wheeler. That either speaks to the state of the farm system or the level of talent Sandy Alderson was able to acquire for R.A. Dickey…

The Mets also announced on Tuesday that closer Frank Francisco had surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Frank Franc should be ready to blow saves again by Opening Day.