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.
Players are eligible to be taken in the draft if he is not on a Major League 40-man roster and:
signed at 19 or over as part of the 2008 draft class or earlier
signed at 18 or younger during 2007 or earlier.
The Mets added lefthanded pitcher Robert Carson, righthanded pitcher Jeurys Familia, infielder Wilmer Flores, infielder Reese Havens, outfielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and outfielder Cesar Puello to the 40-man roster.