Mets Sign Mike Jacobs

The Mets signed first baseman Mike Jacobs to a minor league deal.  The contract pays $900K if he's in the Majors and has another $1.15MM in incentives.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported the near-agreement last night, with SI's Jon Heyman tweeting contract details today.

Jacobs, 29, hit just .228/.297/.401 with 19 homers in 478 plate appearances for the Royals last season, which led to the team declining to tender him a contract. He's the lefty power threat the Mets currently lack, though his .313 career OBP and poor defense are big negatives. He also struggles immensely against southpaws.

Jacobs broke in with the Mets back in 2005, though he was included in the Carlos Delgado trade after that season.


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84 Comments on "Mets Sign Mike Jacobs"


metsfan2044
5 years 6 months ago

awesome…

$1529282
5 years 6 months ago

Yikes.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I think Jacobs will do his thing…Just a tad.

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

Eh…. Mets should be focused on signing Wang

John Gyna
5 years 6 months ago

I like this move. It’s funny Yusmeiro Petit & Phil Humber (used to be two of their best pitching prospects) recently lost their place on their teams, I thought to myself, if they used to be so high on these guys, why not pick them up, for AAA depth?

5 years 6 months ago

Why not just sign Russell Branyan?

DarthBusey
5 years 6 months ago

Because Branyan wants guaranteed money and Jacobs will take a minor league deal?

5 years 6 months ago

Right, because Russell Branyan hits for the same amount of power, but actually gets on base and plays decent defense.

It’s obvious the Mets have little faith in Murphy, so why not just sign Branyan? He’d be a huge upgrade for the lineup

metsfan2044
5 years 6 months ago

if the mets sign Branyan they have to waive someone of the 40 man roster. With Jacobs they dont since he is invited to spring training

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

And removing Shawn Bowman from the 40-man to make room for Branyan would be a huge loss for the Mets?

5 years 6 months ago

…or Jay Marshall, Pat Misch, Oliver Perez, Chris Coste, Omir Santos, Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, Jeff Francouer, or Gary Matthews Jr.

icedrake523
5 years 6 months ago

Do you think Branyan is going to repeat his numbers from last year? If you do, share whatever it is you’re smoking.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

The guy had a horrible time on the Royals but hey, It’s a signing!!!!

diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

He did pretty well for the Marlins before he switched to the AL. I still want to see a Felipe Lopez signing with a Castillo being released.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“He did pretty well for the Marlins before he switched to the AL”

As long as you mean “absolutely no skill other then the ability to hit the occasional HR”, I agree with you.

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

Releasing Castillo would make no sense. Met fans may not like him, but you’d be eating 12 mil over the next two seasons for him to do nothing. He’s still a servicable player, just not at 6 mil a year.

rockvssingleparents
5 years 6 months ago

If they didn’t do that to get Hudson, they won’t do it to get Lopez. Plus I think there are bigger problems to address than an overpaid second basemen who hit .302 last season. I mean the Castillo contract is bad, but it’s not Oliver Perez bad.

5 years 6 months ago

Yes he is exactly what the Mets need….big LH bat….oh wait, they guy can’t actually hit? What do you mean? Oh that’s right he wasn’t good enough to play in KC, but the Mets have found a potential all star…..spin much anyone?

Now Branyan might have given them some help offensively, if he were healthy.

oldretiredguy
5 years 6 months ago

The Mike Jacobs I remember hit 11 home runs in 100 at bats, plus batted over .300 for the Mets. He then hit 32 HR’s for the Marlins. Might be an inexpensive fix for a big hole!

5 years 6 months ago

That was 5 years ago. He can’t hit lefties, get on base, or play 1st base. He sucks and blows

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

Wow…sucks AND blows. So he’s not good?

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

I never thought it was humanly possible, but…

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

She’s gone from suck to blow!!

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

You’ve won the thread for a SpaceBalls reference.

diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

Epic Win!! New favorite commenter right here.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Might be an inexpensive fix for a big hole!

Yeah, but who is going to “fix” the hole in his glove? The guy has pretty awful defense, in my book.

DGrit
5 years 6 months ago

I loved Jacobs when he came up, but Murphy is going to have a breakout year this year. And diehard, I second the Lopez signing!

5 years 6 months ago

Career OPS of 1.085…as Met

dms008800
5 years 6 months ago

Any Mets fans remember when they got into a fight with the Marlins a couple of years ago? Mike Jacobs was the first one to run out of the Marlins dugout with the craziest face I have ever seen.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Wow… I see it now. It’s part of Minaya’s master plan to mix Castillo with Jacobs and have 1 complete player.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Wouldnt a complete player be asked to play defense?

Better go back to that chemistry set and find yet another player.

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

*Complete hitter

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Hey, no fair changing parameters.

The answer I was looking for would have been more along the lines of “they better start negotiating with Joe Crede”

dshires4
5 years 6 months ago

LOL
When the Royals cut you, you know your career has taken quite the sharp turn.

And yet Minaya is willing to out-stupid the entire MLB and give this guy a chance. Like it was suggested, just sign Branyan. He’s actually able to produce, and for a cheap contract, given that his demands have come down.

5 years 6 months ago

No room on the ML roster once Beltran comes back…..12 pitchers, 8 starters, that leaves- Tatis, Blanco, Cora, Pagan and Matthews…..Jacobs will fight with Catalanato for the last spot…again neither will fit on the ML roster once Beltran returns….good pick up though….but where will he play in AAA with Ike Davis starting at first?

jaydh
5 years 6 months ago

minor league contract drama queens.

5 years 6 months ago

If your a cinic you say Jacobs couldn’t even stick on the royals
If your an optimist you say jacobs did fine before as a met and he’s low cost

I would have given murphy a full season to prove he can stick as their starting 1B.
For his first full season I think he did alright.
Although..
Remember him in LF? I lol’d.

rockvssingleparents
5 years 6 months ago

I’d love to hear what Murphy thinks about becoming the new firstbasemen only to be stuck in some other position next year when Ike Davis comes up. BUT there might be hope for Murph, there is always the chance that Minaya might trade Davis away for Derek Lowe or some other below average starting pitcher.

ryanisgoodlooking
5 years 6 months ago

o boy….

maybe he’s auditioning to be starting Catcher

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

Last time I checked, it’s hard to hit a home run in Citi Field. He won’t make the team, on the count is he is like Andruw Jones, and relies on a home run. If he does make the team, have Tatis play about 120 games, and Jacobs at about 42 games. Jacobs actually did better at first base than Tatis did last season.

Jacobs – 5.5 UZR/150
Tatis – 3.0 UZR/150

diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

The question is how does this affect Murphy. If Jacobs beats him out for the 1B job, where does Murph go? Bench?

Tatis
Murphy
Cora
Pagan/Mathews
Blanco

I’d like to see him play, but I’d also wouldn’t mind him sliding into the Mark DeRosa-esque role I think he’s destined for.

besttradever
5 years 6 months ago

No not on the bench. Jacobs can play the outfield too. I dont know which one though.