Spring training is nearly upon us and the New York Mets are beginning to put the finishing touches on their 2013 roster. After signing Shaun Marcum to fill the hole in their starting rotation, the team has been flirting with the idea of signing free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. There has not been a lot of progress on the Bourn front, but the team has addressed several other issues. Let's start this week's Mets 101 News and Notes with:
Mets Avoid Arbitration with Daniel Murphy:
The Mets settled their last arbitration case by agreeing to a one year, 2.9 million dollar deal with second baseman Daniel Murphy, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports via Twitter. Murphy had been seeking 3.4 million in arbitration while the Mets had countered with 2.5 million, so the two sides met in the middle to settle the case. The Mets had previously settled with Bobby Parnell and Ike Davis, so the team does not have any arbitration cases remaining.
Mets Sign Reliever Scott Atchison to Minor League Deal:
The Mets continued their trend of signing veteran relievers to minor league deals by adding reliever Scott Atchison on a one year deal, MetsBlog.com reports. Atchison, 36, spent 2012 with the Boston Red Sox where he went 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 42 appearances. Atchison missed two months last season after suffering a torn ligament in his elbow, but the injury did not require surgery. Atchison is a solid veteran reliever and could find a role in a Mets bullpen that could use a veteran presence.
Kelly Shoppach Departs for Seattle:
After the Mets revamped their catching corps with the additions of Travis D'Arnaud, John Buck, and Anthony Recker, there was no longer a home for Kelly Shoppach in Queens. Shoppach, who surprised in a late season stint with the Mets, has moved on to sign a one year deal with the Seattle Mariners, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Shoppach becomes the latest in a series of ex-Mets to find a home in Seattle. Seattle currently features ex-Mets Jason Vargas and Oliver Perez on their pitching staff and previously signed Jason Bay to a one year deal in December.
Lucas Duda Hitting Well in Port St. Lucie:
Lucas Duda reported early to spring training and is facing live pitching for the first time since having offseason wrist surgery, MetsBlog.com reports. Duda broke the wrist while moving furniture in November and had surgery to repair the injury. Duda has arrived in spring training and will work with hitting coach Dave Hudgens to maintain his batting practice swing into the real game. Duda is projected to be the opening day left fielder, so if he can fulfill his potential he could help add some punch to the Mets outfield.
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