Friday, January 07, 2005

Mets Trade Wilson, Sign Cairo

The Mets made a couple of changes to their bench today, while all Mets fans are waiting on the result of the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. In the meantime, however, the Mets shipped backup catcher Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in return for AA shortstop Anderson Hernandez. They also reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract with utility infielder Miguel Cairo.

Wilson was drafted in the 44th round of the 1993 draft, and had a .254 career average with the Mets. He also had 17 HR and 92 RBI since joining the Major League club in 1999. He solidified himself as one of the top backups in the game behind Mike Piazza, and will continue that job with the Tigers.

"Vance Wilson is a professional back-up catcher," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said in Detroit's press release. "He is one of the best in the business at his role, in addition to being a quality individual in the clubhouse."

One has to feel atleast a little bad for Wilson. He is an extremely hard worker, plus tries really hard to keep the fans happy. Here is a tidbit from an email that Jim Fertitta from MetsHome.com wrote:

Vance is the type of Ball Player that went the Extra Mile in my eyes. He would always stop for an Autograph or a Photo with a Fan know matter what he was doing. Lots of times when the players went in after a day of workouts during Spring Training, Vance was still out there signing. I also saw Vance during rain delays at Shea signing along the lines while other players would be in the locker room. Vance has given me his green hat after a St. Patrick's Day Home Game quite a few times and also a few bats with his name on them. As President of the Mets Booster Club I asked Vance to come to our March meting last year and he did. He gave a nice talk about his Baseball life and his wife Bridget and their daughter Peyton. I had a lot of Booster Club Members tell me that they really enjoyed having Vance at the meeting. I said to everyone that shows what kind of person Vance is.


Anderson Hernandez, acquired in the trade, is considered a superb fielder with an average bat. Baseball America named him the Best Defensive Infielder and Best Infield Arm in their annual review of the Tigers top ten prospects. He hit .274 last year in AA for the Erie Sea Wolves.

Miguel Cairo, who was a solid player for the Yankees in 2004, was their starting second baseman the second half of the season. He hit .292 with six home runs and 42 RBIs, plus 11 stolen bases. The deal will be finalized once Cairo passes a physical.

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