Mets sign Matt Clark to minors deal

The Mets have signed IF/OF Matt Clark to a minor league contract and have invited him to Major League Spring Training, the team announced.

Clark, 27, hit .238 with a .328 OBP and .785 OPS, with 25 home runs and 70 RBI, for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan in 2013.

Clark – a left-handed hitter – has never played above Triple-A in the United States, last appearing Tucson Padres in the Pacific Coast League in 2012. He hit .290 with a .367 OBP and .872 OPS, 22 home runs and 77 RBI that season, and he’s a career .282 hitter with an .852 OPS in five minor league seasons.




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Jim Alderson
Jim Alderson

Been trying to project rosters.  Barring injuries and guys getting released/traded, Puello and Vaughn wil be starting in Bingo instead of Vegas to accomodate guys like Clark and that other 1B/OF I can't remember cuz I just woke up.  Why should I care?  I don't know, but I see a lot of posts slating Puello and Vaughn for Vegas so just saying...

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Would rather have "Will Clark " at current age of 49

eric88
eric88

He immediately becomes our best 1B option!

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I appreciate that Metsblog keeps us up on all of the signings throughout the organization. The stats of players coming over from Japan have been hit or miss on how they translate to MLB (ranging from from Kaz Matsui to Ichiro). That's not saying he is in either player's league, just that some carry their bats to the States, and some don't. Still, a .328 OBP and 25 HR is worth a flyer (and his minor league numbers with the Padres look pretty good as well). Overall a good signing. If we catch lightning in a bottle then he's a bargain, if we don't then he's not going to cost much to give up on.  

eric88
eric88

Emilio Bonifacio as a utility infielder? Hell, he immediately becomes our best SS if we got him.

chasesimms
chasesimms

In other news, this new "enhanced" comment format still sucks. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Royals designed Emilio Bonifacio for assignment. I wouldn't mind him as a utility infielder.

getalife
getalife

i was wondering why the Padres never gave this guy a chance. his minor's numbers are pretty good...

getalife
getalife

c'mon, i know it's Superbowl weekend but give us something new to read...

rico
rico

Can you change  "Matt Clark" to "Jack Clark circa 1987" and we got something. 

jlga
jlga

A waste. A AAA player who, if he makes it to the majors, might hit .210. That means he'll be in the same company as our shortstop, first baseman, catcher and at least one outfielder.

Am I sensing a pattern here?

chasesimms
chasesimms

I was not feeling too good about this season, but now, with Clark on board.............WOW!!   Let's just say things are looking up my friends. 

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

So he's an infielder/outfielder which in Mets logic means he has double-platoon potential. He'll fit in beautifully here with all the other platoon worthy players. Sign Drew already. It would make David Wright very happy that he'll have a real major leaguer to share the left side of the infield with for the next 2 years...

mets2014
mets2014

This most likely means that both duda and Davis will both be on the 25 man roster unless they are traded or released...meaning they will not be in Vegas and getting paid like big leaguers which was pretty obvious

saxon58
saxon58

Seriously?  Over 100 comments on this?

metfan8669
metfan8669

There is nothing wrong with this signing.   Anyone that says there is, is either stupid or crazy.

What do you lose by signing this guy?  Nothing!

buckets
buckets

Browsing the comments section on this kind of post is always good for a chuckle.  Really brings out the dregs and truly clueless.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Seems like a decent pickup. 

yankeehater
yankeehater

People aren't complaining about having minor league depth, they're complaining about having so much of it on the major league team.

Keith Swart
Keith Swart

I don't understand why people are complaining about moves like this.  It's called having depth in the minors. 


scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

Mets re-fi of their post-Madoff loan will give them some breathing room.  May be too late for this year as Drew, Cruz etc are tied to those picks.  But a SS from next years FA crop just might be possible after all. I can dream, can't I?

Dan Waters
Dan Waters

It's an alternative to Quintanilla. Everyone bitched about him being re-signed as a back up so here you go a different back up!

Michael Pumilio
Michael Pumilio

Mgr: Jesus this guy hits a ton, how come no one else picked up on him?

Coach: Ok Eddie, that's enough of the fastballs, throw him some breaking balls.

Next Pedro Cerrano perhaps?

simbad
simbad

Whew. Good thing they didn't get Bronson Arroyo or anyone who could actually make a difference.

eric88
eric88

Sandy has signed a slew of these unknown types in 4 off seasons. Can you name on hitter that has worked out?

spider43
spider43

@BringBackDaveTelghe  .....  I agree, but I think if there's any chance of trading Murphy in a package deal to improve the OF or SS position, I wouldn't mind grabbing Banifacio to compete or compliment with Eric Young for 2B at the top of our lineup (assuming Murphy would be traded in such a scenario).


If I'm not mistaken, I think Bonifacio has experience at SS too, which would provide competition against Tejada. I think the more speed we have coming from the starting lineup or from the bench is a good thing to have. I'm pretty sure he always gave the Mets fits as a player for the Marlins, so it would be nice to have him on our team as depth. He plays many positions, which only helps for defensive flexibility.

1harris1
1harris1

@rico Or "Will Clark circa 1989". 


Either one would be a bit of an improvement over our Ike/Duda "platoon" at present.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@fast_eddie no no you got it all wrong it means he can play two positions at the same time saving the Mets money as they only need 8 players then.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Keith Swart  Not so sure this guy offers much "depth". 27 and never even been to AAA? And hit .238 in Japan? I guess it's just throwing as much as you can against the wall and hope something sticks. Sometimes guys like this just end up occupying space. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@healer I don't know about you, but I was expecting to watch winning baseball this year.  Some of us are getting tired of waiting for "next year".

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@healer  You might want to change the sheets when you get up from that dream. I think you're more likely to win the lottery than the Mets signing a big named SS next year

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Dan Waters At least Quintanilla played in the majors.  This guy had to go to Japan to hit .235 on a big stage.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@spider43 @BringBackDaveTelghe Bonifacio only has one season where he had any real time at SS, 3 years ago in Florida.  Not sure what time make of his -5 UZR, but I have a feeling he'd be really over exposed at the position long term.  Factoring that in with his subpar offense and I wouldn't want this guy getting too many ABs in a season, he's really similar to EYJ in that respect.  Less may be more for both of those guys.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Tarheel11 @Keith Swart He hit well at AAA in 2011 and 2012 (.363 OBP and 22 HR in 2011, .367 OBP and 22 HR in 2012). He's 27, which means he should just be coming into his own. He's had a power stroke throughout his professional baseball career.  He does strike out a lot, but he still seems to get on base at a good clip. 

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Not exactly an unknown, considering he was an all star at one point.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Tarheel11 @Olerud42 @Keith Swart  every team's AAA squad is full of guys like this. They're protection in case of a big run of injuries while providing value for your AAA affiliate. You don't have to care about the AAA team's win pctg but the affiliates do care and it's in the team's interest to cater to that. Unless you think Allan Dykstra is still a prospect (he's not), then a guy like Clark isn't blocking anyone.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Olerud42 @Tarheel11 @Keith Swart  You're right. My point is the guy will probably be put in AAA. And that's fine. I get it for a team who is a winner, like the Yankees or Red Sox, etc. A guy like this in AAA. I just worry that with a team like the Mets and where they are as far as competing, that he could potentially block a younger kid who would otherwise gain some experience and potentially grow at AAA but is blocked by this guy. I guess just different philosophies based on where your ML franchise is at. I could personally care less about the minor league winning pct. like the FO likes to spout. To me that's secondary. It's about developing kids as best, and quickly as you can to contribute to the ML team

stemog
stemog

@shinjoooo Yeah, but there is no way in the world you expected him to do what he did last season. He was a has-been to everyone.