MLB

Isringhausen, Mets agree to minor league deal

Share This Story

   
 

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)

Jason Isringhausen agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Tuesday after auditioning with a brief bullpen session.

The right-hander threw early in the day at the team's spring training complex and the Mets announced the move hours later. Isringhausen received an invitation to big league spring training.

The 38-year-old reliever hasn't pitched in a major league game since elbow-ligament replacement surgery in June 2009 following a nine-game stint with the Tampa Bay Rays. His major league career began with the Mets in 1995, and Isringhausen pitched for Oakland from 1999-01 when Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi worked for the Athletics.

''All I need is a chance to throw in spring somewhere and hope for the best,'' said Isringhausen, drafted by the Mets in 1991. ''I'm just asking for a chance. No expectations. We'll have fun with it and throw the baseball.''

Isringhausen has had three major operations on his pitching arm during a 14-year career, including one that kept him from pitching in 1998 while with the Mets. He became an All-Star with Oakland in 2000 and St. Louis in 2005, and he led the NL with 47 saves in 2004. He has a 45-50 career record with a 3.60 ERA and 293 saves.

''It's the first time we've seen him,'' Ricciardi said. ''It's just kind of digest everything and take it from there. He threw well. Obviously he's in shape. He's been throwing inside for so long, it's a different environment.''

Isringhausen pitched in seven games last season for Triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system, going 1-0 with a 9.53 ERA in 5 2-3 innings. The Reds offered him a spot in camp this year, but he thinks there might be a better opportunity with the Mets.

''Hopefully I can bring an elder person, so to speak, to help out some guys if they need it,'' Isringhausen said. ''This was hard to pass up. It's where it all started.''

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, who also watched the throwing session, immediately sounded open to the idea of extending an offer to Isringhausen.

''We're always looking for ability, so we'll see what happens,'' Alderson said.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..