Mets acquire outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Athletics

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inmanimages

In the Mets 2nd trade of the offseason with the Oakland A’s, the Mets have acquired right-handed outfielder Collin Cowgill. The Mets traded minor league 3b Jefry Marte to acquire Cowgill.  Marte was left off the 40-man roster this winter when he needed to be added so it was clear he didn’t really have a role with the Mets going forward.

Cowgill, 26, has been up and down between the majors and triple A in his young major league career with the Athletics and Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks traded Cowgill amongst other players last offseason for pitcher Trevor Cahill. Cowgill hit .269 in 116 at bats in Oakland last season. There was a report late last night that the Mets were close to a deal with an outfielder that wasn’t previously linked to the team. Presumably that is Collin Cowgill.

Cowgill hit .318 last season against lefties in a small sample size. He is known as a high energy player who puts it all out on the field. Cowgill can play all three outfield spots and will probably platoon with one of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Mike Baxter. He will probably make the Mets opening day roster on account of him being a right-handed outfielder. Cowgill didn’t really have a spot in the A’s outfield but will likely have an opportunity at more playing time with the Mets.  This is a nice low risk move.

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