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Halloween is a time of endings & new beginnings for some Mets players

The New York Mets removed six players from their 40-man roster on Halloween to clear space to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft or sign free agents this off-season.

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The Oakland Athletics claimed outfielder Andrew Brown, and the Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Juan Centeno.

In addition the Mets assigned infielder Josh Satin and relievers Buddy Carlyle, Dana Eveland and Scott Rice to Triple-A Las Vegas on paper, though all four now become minor league free agents.

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Featured autograph: Mets catcher Juan Centeno

 

Autographed Juan Centeno 2009 Brooklyn Cyclones team set baseball card (from my collection)
Autographed Juan Centeno 2009 Brooklyn Cyclones team set baseball card (from my collection)

Juan Centeno became the 967th player in New York Mets history on Wednesday night when he made his major league debut in a game that will probably be remembered more for Ruben Tejada’s broken leg than the Mets’ come-from-behind victory.

Centeno got his first major league hit off of San Francisco starter Matt Cain and went 2-for-4 on the night. His second hit came during the ninth-inning rally, driving in a run.

The Mets selected Centeno in the 32nd round of the 2007 draft, and he has spent the last seven seasons in the minor leagues. He’s thought of primarily as a defensive catcher – while Centeno has a respectable career minor league batting average of .274, he has just 39 doubles, 8 triples and 2 home runs in 316 games.

I got my 2009 Brooklyn Cyclones team set card signed in 2010 before a Trenton Thunder, when Centeno was briefly assigned to the Binghamton Mets