Mets sign OF Andrew Brown to minor league deal

Andrew BrownThe Mets have signed free-agent OF Andrew Brown to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, the team announced today on Twitter.

The 28-year-old, right-handed hitting Brown spent part of 2012 with the Rockies, during which he hit .232 with a .302 OBP and 5 home runs in 126 plate appearances.

He hit .308 with 24 HR and 33 doubles at Triple-A last season.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets need a few things to happen in the outfield to make a run in 2013: They need Lucas Duda to hit at least 25 home runs; they need to sign or acquire at least one reliable, every-day outfielder, which has yet to happen; and they need one of these random, low-risk minor-league deals to pan out. A’s fans mocked Billy Beane for signing Brandon Moss last winter… but then watched Moss hit .291 with 21 HR. I think Brown has the potential to be that kind of guy for the Mets. He’s not going to be an All Star, but he could end up being good enough to fill a role and produce. I know these signings get knocked (especially given the lack of other, more meaningful acquisitions), and I’m not getting my hopes or pinning this team’s future on this guy by any means, not even close, but Brown’s┬áminor-league numbers suggest he has talent and he’ll have a good opportunity to step up and show it in St. Lucie…