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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  1. metsfan2044 5 years ago

    awesome…

  2. $1529282 5 years ago

    Yikes.

  3. drumzalicious 5 years ago

    Eh…. Mets should be focused on signing Wang

  4. John Gyna 5 years 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. Why not just sign Russell Branyan?

    • DarthBusey 5 years ago

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

      • 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 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 ago

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

          • …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 ago

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

  6. Guest 5 years ago

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

  7. diehardmets 5 years 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 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 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 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.

  8. 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.

  9. oldretiredguy 5 years 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!

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

      • vtadave 5 years ago

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

        • Suzysman 5 years ago

          I never thought it was humanly possible, but…

        • Guest 5 years ago

          She’s gone from suck to blow!!

          • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

            You’ve won the thread for a SpaceBalls reference.

          • diehardmets 5 years ago

            Epic Win!! New favorite commenter right here.

    • Infield Fly 5 years 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.

  10. DGrit 5 years 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!

  11. Career OPS of 1.085…as Met

  12. dms008800 5 years 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.

  13. start_wearing_purple 5 years 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 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 ago

        *Complete hitter

        • Suzysman 5 years 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”

  14. dshires4 5 years 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.

  15. 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?

  16. jaydh 5 years ago

    minor league contract drama queens.

  17. 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 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.

  18. ryanisgoodlooking 5 years ago

    o boy….

    maybe he’s auditioning to be starting Catcher

  19. BravesRed 5 years 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

  20. diehardmets 5 years 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 ago

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

  21. luissss1 5 years ago

    I like this move, I like mike jacobs, deberian firmar a dos pitchers

  22. cdubs 5 years ago

    The Mets are so cheap.

    • RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

      The Mets are so cheap and yet they have the 2nd highest payroll in the Majors.Haha

  23. Guest 5 years ago

    YES!!!!

  24. Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

    Mike “Close your eyes and swing” Jacobs…………..

    It could be alot worse though, Mets fans. Your GM could be named “Dayton Moore,” or “J.P. Riccardi,” or “Benito Mussolini.”

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      replace Ricciardi with Ed Wade or Brian Sabean and I will agree.

      • Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

        I’d throw Bavasi or Baird in that group too.

  25. Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

    Minya did something right. Minor League deal, Nice…

  26. secretagentbojangles 5 years ago

    how are some people trying to tell me that jacobs sucks? 1 dimensional or not the mets were last in the mlb in homeruns. and he has a lot of power potential. more potential than russel branyan, hes been on like 9 different teams. theres a reason for that.

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      his inability to get on base or play defense at one of the easiest positions in baseball far outweighs his ability to hit home runs. You don’t need to hit a ton of home runs to be a successful team, much more important to not make outs.

      Potential, have you checked his age recently, he’s going to be 30 this year. His OBP has steadily gone south in each season he has played in.

  27. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Jacobs is apparently an NL guy .Some players do better in different leagues .He was good as far as offense goes for the Marlins.Maybe thats all he needs is to be in the NL but Citi Field isn’t gonna be easy to jack them out.His defense is horrible so thats not really an upgrade.Offense wasn’t great last year so you can’t really say he’ll do great idk.Its pretty much an IF if he makes the team.No telling if he will bounce back or not.But IMO I think its a decent pick up.

  28. penpaper 5 years ago

    Why would the Mets sign Branyan when they are basically the same player? Neither can play defense and are homeruns or nothing hitters. Terrible idea. People would be jumping on Minya for signing Branyan for 5 million per but 1.25 million minor league deal is a bad signing.

    LOL

    • diehardmets 5 years ago

      Branyan is actually pretty good with the glove if I remember correctly. I’m just glad Omar did something to ignite some competition. If Murph/Jacobs performs poorly, they know the other is right behind them ready to take their place.

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      You failed to mention that Branyan actually takes walks, 12% for his career, and Jacobs doesn’t. Oh, and Branyan actually isn’t bad defensively at first base, he’s about league average.

      Signing either of these players was a silly idea.

  29. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Well, probably a better option than Delgado, Tatis or Murphy. I really don’t think the Mets are contenders going forward, that rotation is high-risk/moderate reward and the lineup is still full of questions. Can Wright, Reyes and Bay carry the team enough to counter the lousy rotation? Doubtful. With Washington at least a little improved, the Mets are another major injury beside from Beltran away from being legitmate last place contenders.

  30. JohnLucarelli 5 years ago

    Eh.

  31. Ricky 5 years ago

    bum

  32. JerseyShoreShawn 5 years ago

    I would like to point out that a majority of postings about ownership are negative. We spew everything from Wilpons are inept to Madoff. Likewise, Omar is an idiot, makes ridiculous signings, is full of double talk and we could all do better.
    Which is it?
    Ownership. Convince me it isn’t when we plot moves linearly, play wait for a rebate with every free agent we engage and won’t eat enough of the Castillo contract to move him.
    The offseason has more to do with the DOW than talent evaluation & player negotiation.
    We are broke Met fans. Hamstrung and broke. That is why Minaya studders and repeats himself. He has no good news for us, or him.

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      you are absolutely insane if you think the Wilpon’s are broke. They actually made money off the whole Madoff situation. The Wilpon’s have always been cheap and meddling owners, not poor. There is no reason the Mets can’t have a payroll right up to the Luxury Tax limit of $175MM. What are they at now? $140MM maybe, that $30MM they could have spent on Matt Holliday instead of Bay and either John Lackey or someone like Randy Wolf.

      I don’t blame Minaya a ton because he has to report to the Wilpon’s on everything, they run the show not Omar.

  33. playhard412 5 years ago

    this is the player i wanted them to get from the start. i think murphy could be a clutch second basemen not first. my idealistic 2010 new york mets lineup is this (minus beltran of course):

    reyes ss
    murphy 2b
    wright 3b
    bay lf
    jacobs 1b
    francour rf
    thole/blanco c
    mathews jr cf
    pitcher

    • maristmetsfan 5 years ago

      I geuss defense isnt your first, or second, priority

    • Fredschickenshack 5 years ago

      murphy will never play 2nd … get it out of all your heads….. every sports insider laughs when that is brought up.. they tried him at 2b in the arizona fall league and said it was just the worst decision ever made and he will never ever be a 2b… murphy will never play 2b……EVER

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      they tried Murphy at second already last year, he failed.

    • rockvssingleparents 5 years ago

      I wish I could ‘Dislike’ this comment.

  34. Guest 5 years ago

    Well…not we have three lefty firstbasemen in Murphy Jacobs and Davis. Wtf?

  35. The Wilpons lost their money to Madoff, OR they got their money out but are afraid now of government “clawbacks”, forced reperations by the “winners” in the fund. They are lying by denying it, but they have to… the owners cant see them as “weak” and Omar Minaya cant trade that way”
    Thus, Mike Jacobs ( cut by who? OH KC, that powerhouse), Josh Fogg, Chris Coste are the 99c store bargains the Mets are praying for.
    But if Chris Carter ( from Bost for Billy Wagner) and either jacobs or Murphy platoon at first, they could get some HR productionand have at least 1 of their lottery tickets paya t least a small prize

  36. bjsguess 5 years ago

    The All Negative Value team strikes again. So far Minaya has brought in:

    — GMJ (-$3.8m)
    — Mike Jacobs (-$3.3m)

    And recently inked to a big FA contract:

    — Oliver Perez (-$3.4m)

    Of course you have holdovers:

    — Pelfry (-$3.7m)
    — Reed (-$2.9m)

    And I had high hopes that Hernandez (-$2.9m) and Redding could be resigned (-$2.7m). Unfortunately, Redding was snagged but Hernandez is still out there looking for a deal from the Mets. Don’t let us down Minaya.

    • maristmetsfan 5 years ago

      Reed was actually signed by the blue jays, but nice try, good luck next time.

  37. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    In his press conference is Minaya going to announce that he’s improved his teams ability to stay off the base paths?

  38. The Mets need new ownership, gm, mgr, scouting Dept and philosophy Pay ABOVE SLOT! Former MetFan Who Is Waiting Out New Ownership. BTW I once stated Jac can rake so, I think he can be productive but why now when they have murphy at first? Why Tatis instead of Garko? Why not sign Yorvit fo 1.4m for a yr? Why not go after Wang, Washburn, Looper, Calero and all the other guys that signed else where w/o even an offer, sign anybody, bueller? Just Waiting It OUT! Play Ball.

    • sf55forlife 5 years ago

      This should answer your question:
      “ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that before signing with the Padres, catcher Yorvit Torrealba offered himself to the Mets for $1.4MM. The Mets indicated they had no money to spend.”

      They are cheap

  39. LOL Mets…just horrible. Idk who’s a worse defender Murphy or Jacobs?? Still can’t get the image of Murphy with that play in left field last year, where it looked like he was scared of the ball haha

    • All Day Réy 5 years ago

      I’m pretty sure 1st base and left field are completely different positions champ.

  40. coach_coryell 5 years ago

    ugh.

  41. diehardmets 5 years ago

    I would love to see him as our catcher with Blanco platooning/backing up. Offensively, It would be a blessing. However, do you know how his defense/game calling is?

    Best possible lineup for the Mets with a Lopez signing:

    SS Reyes
    2B Lopez
    CF Beltran
    LF Bay
    3B Wright
    1B Murphy
    RF Francouer
    C Jacobs/Blanco

    Doesn’t look to bad. That catching platoon might actually be very good offensively as Blanco destroys LHP and Jacobs destroys RHP.

  42. Suzysman 5 years ago

    First, Jacobs is a First Baseman not a Catcher. Well, he is actually a DH, but on the Mets he would be called a First Baseman.

    Second, he doesnt exactly destroy much of anything, with a career vsRHP line a tad short of average for a first baseman. Problem there comes in it being almost exclusively made up from his 05-06 seasons. The last three seasons he has been around a .335 wOBA verses righties, which basically means about league average.

  43. sf55forlife 5 years ago

    lol lopez

  44. diehardmets 5 years ago

    I don’t see why he couldn’t go back to being a catcher. He came up as one.

  45. Suzysman 5 years ago

    He hasnt caught a single game since 2005 and was considered a horrible catcher then. So you want him to be the Right-side platoon at the catcher position which will mean roughly playing 3 out of every 4 games, or about 120 games over a season?

    Talk about lowering expectations.

  46. maristmetsfan 5 years ago

    If he could do it I would love to see him as our catcher. But like many others have said, he has not played catcher in a long time, and was not good at the position when he did play it. Keep in mind he is not “young” anymore. 30 years old is rather late to make a position change.

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