The Mets announced the signing of infielder Alex Cora, formerly of the Boston Red Sox. He’ll become the backup middle infielder for this season. He signed a 1-year/$2 million contract yesterday.
He’s your typical light-hitting middle infielder that can pick it at shortstop and second base. So Damion Easley won’t be coming back which is fine with me. Easley had some big hits but was a liability in the field and had too many nagging injuries for a part time player.
Alex has 11 major league seasons under his belt and he turned 33 in October. His brother Joey is the White Sox bench coach. Cora brings a career .245 average with basically no power. His lifetime slugging percentage is .348.
I’m usually pretty neutral about bench players because they don’t usually have a major impact over an entire season. But I thought the Mets would’ve looked for a back up infielder that had some pop in his bat. With Luis Castillo being an automatic out, they could use someone like Easley that brought some offensive contrast to the position. We’ll see how this works out.