The Mets have signed RHP Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Spring Training.
The 38 year old Isringhausen tried out for the Mets at Digital Domain Park this morning and had a bullpen session in front of J.P. Ricciardi, who said Isringhausen “threw the ball well”.
I’m rooting for Izzy, but it’s probably a long shot he makes the team out of Spring Training, despite the Mets having a lot of open spots there. He has to compete with Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz, Bobby Parnell, and Manny Acosta for a spot, not to mention he has to prove his elbow is healthy. I can see him going to the minors to get in shape and build arm strength, and possibly come up when a need arises.
Isringhausen last pitched for the Rays in 2009, making nine relief appearances while going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in eight innings of work before tearing a ligament in his throwing elbow and undergoing a third Tommy John Surgery. He made 42 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2008, going 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA with 12 saves, and he has 293 saves in his career.
He made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1995, and went 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 starts that year. He last pitched for the Mets in 1999, and in four years in New York, he was 18-21 with a 4.69 ERA in 60 appearances and 52 starts.