February 1, 2014

Mets Add Matt Clark

Late yesterday, the Mets inked career minor leaguer Matt Clark to a minor league deal with an invite to major league camp.  Clark has played some outfield, but has served predominantly as a first baseman since being drafted.

Now twenty-seven years old, Clark was drafted out of LSU by the San Diego Padres in the twelfth round of the 2008 amateur draft.  He methodically made his way through their minor league system, to include two full seasons at the AAA level where he posted an average stat line of .291/22/80.

Unable to make the jump to the major leagues, Clark left for Chunichi Dragons in Japan for the duration of the 2013 season.  While abroad, he hit just .238 in the process of hitting 25 home runs and driving in 70 RBIs.  He will now return to the states in an effort to win a spot on the Mets bench behind either Ike Davis, Lucas Duda..or both.


I wouldn't ready a whole lot into this move.  Its merely a depth signing.  As it stands now, the Mets have not one, but two power hitting first baseman gearing up for Port St. Lucie.  However, if say.. Ike Davis gets traded before spring training comes to a close, it may benefit the Mets to have a third power hitting first baseman waiting in the wings.  Again, don't spend a whole lot of time breaking this down, and don't expect to see Clark with the Mets when it matters anytime soon.

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