Mets acquire OF Collin Cowgill from Oakland for Minor Leaguer Jefry Marte

Collin Cowgill 1 polaroidThe Mets announced they have acquired OF Collin Cowgill from the A’s in exchange for Minor League infielder Jefry Marte.

Cowgill, 26, split time between Oakland and Triple-A Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League last season.  He hit .269 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI in 38 games with Oakland. With Sacramento, Cowgill batted .254 with 33 runs, 17 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 37 RBI in 61 games.

In 74 major league games, Cowgill has hit .255 with five doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI – he has hit .295 in 95 plate appearances against left-handed pitching in his career.

Cowgill isn’t eligible for arbitration until after the 2014, and cannot become a free agent until after the 2017 season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Cowgill is a right-handed hitting outfielder, and so I expect that means he has a pretty good shot of making the club out of camp this March. Cowgill hustles and does the little things well, and those intangibles are always valuable to have around younger players. He’s a good defender, but projects more as a utility outfielder off the bench right now and could be valuable as a late inning, defensive replacement. I still expect the Mets to acquire more outfielders, but this is a solid attempt to add some much needed depth to their roster.

By the way, you can follow Cowgill on Twitter here.