News: Mets sign Jacobs, Riggins amd Takahashi

The Mets announced they have signed 1B Mike Jacobs, C Shawn Riggans, and Japanese pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, all to minor league deals with major league invites.

Earlier today, Jon Heyman of says the Mets have signed Jacobs to a $900,000 minor-league deal, though he can earn another $1.15 million through incentives.

Jacobs played 309 games at catcher in the minor leagues with the Mets.  In his final season with Double-A Binghamton, in 2005, he played 43 games at catcher and 54 games at first base.

The 34-year-old Takahashi had a 2.94 ERA in 25 games last year in Japan, while striking out 126 batters in 144 innings.

In 64 games with the Rays the last three seasons, the 29–year-old Riggans hit just .202 with a .266 OBP, one HR, and three RBI – he tossed out just four of 29 runners trying to steal.

CHONE projects Riggans will hit .242 with nine HR and 33 RBI in 104 games this season.

…i am intrigued by riggans, who might have ended up as a back-up in Tampa had they not acquired Kelly Shoppach, and thus non-tendered shawn… i would not be shocked to see him give Omir Santos a run this spring…