Mets call up Angel Berroa

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Mets

So the Mets replace the great Argenis Reyes on the roster with someone who sucks slightly less than Reyes, former American League Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa. The AL’s top rookie in 2003 (although Hideki Matsui clearly deserved the award that year), he produced a line of .287, .338, .451 that year with 17 homers and 21 steals. Unfortunately for him, that was pretty much the only time he was a productive major-leaguer, as his OPS declined every year after that until he emerged with the Dodgers last year to produce a rather pedestrian .230, .304, .310 line in 226 ABs with the Dodgers. The Mets picked Berroa up as a free agent last week after he was designated for assignment by the Yankees. He had a batting average of over .300 at the Triple-A level this year, but I much rather would have seen 25-year-old Javier Castillo called up to the club. Castillo was acquired in an under-the-radar waiver move with the White Sox last month, and he’s batted over .300 with some pop at Buffalo since the Mets got him. Oh well, in a way, bringing up Berroa for Reyes is a genius move by Omar. When Berroa hits .222 with a couple extra-base hits, we’ll all think he sucks yet we’ll all say “at least he’s not Argenis Reyes.” Well played, Omar. Well played.

  1. Stan Yann says:

    Don’t you mean Kazuo Matsui?

    • Andrew Sodergren says:

      No, Hideki’s rookie year with the Yanks was in 2003 when he hit .287 with 16 homers and 106 RBIs. It was a close vote, but I guess the writers determined Matsui’s extensive experience in the Japanese baseball league shouldn’t be overlooked. That despite the fact Hideo Nomo, Kaz Sasaki and Ichiro all won the awards previously.

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