February 4, 2010 - International League (IL) - Buffalo Bisons
The New York Mets today announced that they have signed INF Jolbert Cabrera, INF Luis Hernandez, LHP Travis Blackley and LHP Bobby Livingston to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
The Mets also announced that LHP Adam Pettyjohn, LHP Neal Musser, INF Alejandro Machado and INF/OF Val Pascucci have been signed to minor league deals.
Cabrera, 37, spent last season in Baltimore's system, appearing in 78 games for Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles). He hit.262 with seven home runs, 50RBI and nine stolen bases with the Tides.
Cabrera played in four seasons and 243 games with the Bisons from 1998-2000 and 2002. His.301 average (282-243) with the team is tied for the 5th-highest mark in the Modern Era. He ranks 13th in career Bisons hits (282) and tied for 8th in runs scored (172). Cabrera was a mid-season and post season International league All-Star in 1998 (.318, 10HR, 45RBI, 25SB) while helping the Bisons to a Governors' Cup Championship.
Hernandez, 25, split last season between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha of the Pacific Coast League, hitting.205 (15-73) in 37 games with the Royals. Hernandez's other major league action came with Baltimore in 2007 and 2008.
Livingston, 27, pitched in three different organizations' minor league system last season-Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh-and combined to go 10-2 with a 4.02ERA (179.0IP, 80ER) in 31 games and 29 starts. Livingston is 3-3 lifetime in the Major Leagues with a 6.31ERA after pitching with Seattle and Cincinnati.
Blackley, 27, pitched last season with Triple-A Reno (Diamondbacks) of the Pacific Coast League, finishing the year 4-7 with a 4.85ERA for the Aces. For his major league career, the lefthander is 1-3 with a 9.35ERA in eight games combined for Seattle and San Francisco.
Pettyjohn, 32, was first signed as a free agent by the Mets on July 27, 2009 and assigned to the Bisons. He closed out the season with the Herd, going 3-5 with a 3.56ERA in nine games and eight starts (55.2IP, 63H, 22ER, 9BB, 30K). He began last season with Triple-A Louisville (Reds) and was 1-6 with a 4.68ERA in 18 games. In 2008, he posted an International League-best 15 wins with the Bats, going 15-6 with a 4.59ERA in 28 starts.
Musser, 29, began the 2009 season with Triple-A Round Rock (Astros) but was released after four appearances (7.0IP, 9H, 4ER, 4BB, 7K). He went 3-5 with a 4.34ERA in 36 games and three starts with Triple-A Omaha during the 2008 season.
Machado, 27, has spent each of the past two seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization. Last year, he played at four levels including 18 games with Rochester. With the Red Wings, he hit.222 (12-54) with five RBI and six stolen bases. Machado is a career.290-hitter in 922 career minor league games.
Pascucci, 31, has 193 home runs in 1,124 career minor league games. He hit.290 with 27 homers and 81RBI in 114 games in 2008 with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. In 2007, Pascucci launched a Pacific Coast League-high 34 home runs while with Triple-A Albuquerque (Marlins). That season, he hit.284 with 27 doubles and 98RBI in 132 games with the Isotopes. He split last season with Triple-A Albuquerque (now Dodgers) and Portland (Padres), hitting a combined.248 with 19 home runs and 77RBI in 126 games.