Mike Jacobs Accepts Minor League Assignment

THURSDAY, 6:03pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that Jacobs has accepted a minor league assignment and will report to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

WEDNESDAY, 12:51pm: Jacobs cleared waivers, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin.

SUNDAY, 3:45pm: The Mets have designated first baseman Mike Jacobs for assignment to make room for Tobi Stoner, writes ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.

Jacobs, 29, signed a minor league contract this offseason after being non-tendered by the Royals following a disappointing 2009 campaign. The lefty slugger clubbed 32 home runs for the Marlins in 2008, which prompted the Royals to acquire him in exchange for Leo Nunez. Jacobs' problem throughout his career has always been his lack of discipline. He's failed to post an OBP above .300 since 2007, which has led to a career OPS of just .787 in spite of a career average of 29 HR per 162 games and a .475 slugging percentage.

Stoner, 25, was a 16th round pick of the Mets in the 2006 draft. Over five minor league seasons, he's compiled a 3.58 ERA through 507.2 innings. He doesn't profile as a big-time strikeout pitcher, fanning just 6.6 per nine innings over that time, but his plus control (2.6 BB/9) helps make up for it.

Jacobs being out of the picture has greater implications for Mets fans, as Daniel Murphy is still on the disabled list and top prospect Ike Davis looms at Triple-A Buffalo. Davis, 23, is off to a hot start in the minors, hitting .357/.514/.679 through his first nine games. Baseball America named Davis the 62nd-best prospect in all of baseball coming into the 2010 season.

Newsday's David Lennon reminds us, via Twitter, that Jacobs has an option left, and can be sent to Triple-A. Jacobs says he doesn't want to go down to sit on the bench, however. As Lennon says, if the Mets want Jacobs to stay, they should call up Davis.


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48 Comments on "Mike Jacobs Accepts Minor League Assignment"


NYM10
5 years 4 months ago

They were only 2 weeks late.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 4 months ago

They probably wanted to keep him around another year to delay his free agency. That’s what 2 weeks does.

diehardmets
5 years 4 months ago

If the Mets manage to somehow to hang around, Ike Davis should be their starting 1B by June.

Anybody know anything about this Stoner kid?

slasher52
5 years 4 months ago

The Mets are really high on him.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

They’re hoping for some blazin’ success from him, too.

Koby2
5 years 4 months ago

I’m resisting the urge to break out a Beavis and Butthead joke.

5 years 4 months ago

why don’t the mets call up davis already?

icedrake523
5 years 4 months ago

Today they needed another pitcher after last night’s game. If Murphy is still a few weeks from returning, they may call Davis up since he’ll be a free agent a year later if he’s called up after April 19th.

GD31892
5 years 4 months ago

Mets could probably make a profit selling jerseys with Stoner on the back…

5 years 4 months ago

I’d buy…. what you wouldn’t?

nymets4581
5 years 4 months ago

Well ESPN just reported that Ike is coming up this week. After the 19th though, so the free agent clock still gets pushed back. hopefully he can provide us with some kinda help

live4bsbl
5 years 4 months ago

What does this mean for Jacobs?

5 years 4 months ago

He has an option. He can be sent down to the minors unless another organization claims him.

live4bsbl
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t understand, how is that an option?

5 years 4 months ago

An option in the sense that he has “minor league options,” so he can be sent to the minors.

live4bsbl
5 years 4 months ago

So he is a free agent (so to speak) but is also the Mets minor league roster?

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

No, he is under team control with options remaining. Basically like any other rookie you call up. If the Mets didnt need to remove him from the 40-man roster, they could have just sent him to the minors.

But they needed to get him off the 40-Man so they had to DFA him. Now they can trade him or put him on waivers sometime in the next 7 days. If he is claimed, anyone can have him. If he isnt claimed, they can option him to the minors or release him.

live4bsbl
5 years 4 months ago

What does this mean for Jacobs?

East Coast Bias
5 years 4 months ago

The Mets love bringing up their prospects early. Don’t they ever learn?

nymets4581
5 years 4 months ago

well you know they made a smart move to not bring him up at the beginning of the season, and he proved he could hit major league pitching in spring training. i think the mets can use all the help they can get, and i think ike is our best hope for some pop right now

Zack23
5 years 4 months ago

“he proved he could hit major league pitching in spring training”

How mant ST ABs did he have? 20? 30? How many were against ML pitching and how many were against minor leaguers in ST like himself?

sickdizzle
5 years 4 months ago

when they have an empty stadium and a series of home games coming up..they need to do something to re-invigorate the fan base..be it a stupid decision or not…i think chris carter good be a good addition for this club..but hes only left with one option and i doubt he’d get the fan base stirred up..the truth of the matter is whoever is getting called up is probably going to be coming into the 7th or 8th spot in th elineup which is abysmal now as it is..so pretty much anything will be an upgrade..they either hit lightning in a bottle or they dont and call up carter later..or cut loose cat and get carter and davis both on the roster

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Moore is an idiot. Still cant believe he traded Nunez for this guy only about a year ago.

strikethree
5 years 4 months ago

Really? You can’t believe Dayton Moore would do such a thing?

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

You know, youre right, I can totally believe Moore would do it. I guess its that I cant understand how anyone who could keep a job would do it. And thats where the situation just doesnt compute right in the head.

Easily the worst GM in the game. And being a fan of the club with Tommy-Boy at the helm, that says a lot!

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

Why the Royals’s front office hasn’t fired him yet I could not tell you. I’d rather have Omar Minaya than him. Am I bad for saying it’s only a matter of time before they try to dangle Grienke for some hitting prospects, only to see Dayton take back some mid level pitchers and hitters? Yeah, I have that little respect/faith/whatever you want to call it in him.

nymets4581
5 years 4 months ago

minaya is worse. going into an offseason with over $80 million to spend and doesn’t sign one starting pitcher. and they overpaid for bay too. coulda gotten him for a lot less.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Minaya is really bad, dont get me wrong. But no one touches Moore.

This offseason Kendall of course stands out instantly as the worst move any of our teams made. But even more curious was the signing of every CF who shouldnt be playing CF that he could get his hands on, ignoring the fact rosters are limited to 25-men completely.

Moore is a guy that actually traded for Betancourt to upgrade the defense or Gods sake! Yeah, Moore is worse.

$1529282
5 years 4 months ago

Minaya’s bad, sure, but he’s not as bad as Dayton and he didn’t overpay for Bay THAT much. Bay did have a nice four-year offer from Boston, where he had already played and enjoyed success. Not a great signing still, sure, but I don’t know that he could’ve been had for too much less.

Dayton Moore gave a 3/36 contract to Jose Guillen, traded Nunez for Jacobs and Ramon Ramirez for Coco Crisp, and then just to one-up himself on bad trades, shipped off the organization’s #3 prospect for Yuniesky Betancourt, who’s just about the worst everyday player in baseball.

Minaya’s no gem, but Dayton’s gotta take the cake. Wade and Hendry are up there as well.

$1529282
5 years 4 months ago

Minaya’s bad, sure, but he’s not as bad as Dayton and he didn’t overpay for Bay THAT much. Bay did have a nice four-year offer from Boston, where he had already played and enjoyed success. Not a great signing still, sure, but I don’t know that he could’ve been had for too much less.

Dayton Moore gave a 3/36 contract to Jose Guillen, traded Nunez for Jacobs and Ramon Ramirez for Coco Crisp, and then just to one-up himself on bad trades, shipped off the organization’s #3 prospect for Yuniesky Betancourt, who’s just about the worst everyday player in baseball.

Minaya’s no gem, but Dayton’s gotta take the cake. Wade and Hendry are up there as well.

5 years 4 months ago

just lookin at Baseball Reference on Jacobs and similar through age 28 is Carlos Pena..the numbers are really similar in the 162 game average with around 30 home runs 90 rbis..Pena bounced around a few teams too before he settled in with TB

live4bsbl
5 years 4 months ago

Think Jacobs will find a new home somewhere?

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Two things

1) 10%+ BB for Pena, -8% BB for Jacobs

2) 220+ ISO for Pena, -180 ISO for Jacobs

So if you mean “really similar” in that they are both 3 outcome guys, correct. If you mean “really similar” as if they provide similar ability levels, nope. Jacobs is Pena with much less power and patience. And a Pena with less power and patience is an unemployed Pena – much like Jacobs is now.

Oh, then Pena can at least hold his own against Lefties, where they are like Kryptonite to Jacobs – you want Jacobs out? Put in a leftie. Doesnt even matter who, can be the bullpen catcher and you’ll keep Mike off the bases. And actually Pena isnt that bad at 1st, where Jacobs is a butcher.

But the pure hitting skills alone (or lack there of) are enough to stay away. A guy that strikes out that much with that little contact ability and that little patience with power that is really only a little bit above average… and at age 29 so he is already preparing to exit his peak? There are just red flags everywhere.

Jacobs is just a borderline MLer who produced a fluke season in one of his peak age years. Nothing more, and his fall to AAA was easily predictable – well, predictable for everyone but the Royals front office and one horrific GM

diehardmets
5 years 4 months ago

Mejia should be demoted and sent to AAA when Davis is called up. That way Mejia avoids Super 2 status and has more time to develop into the ace starter all of us Mets fans hope he can be.

BentoBox
5 years 4 months ago

They can always call up Chris Carter, I mean why would they bring up Ike Davis ? Oh dear.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Didnt they release Carter?

I think he is a FA

Boz
5 years 4 months ago

can someone explain to me why Davis can be called up already, when someone like Strasurg cant be? is it because strasburg was drafted this year? I know the reason they do it is to keep the players longer but i dont understand the reasoning for the different dates? april 19th, sometime in june for strasburg

icedrake523
5 years 4 months ago

Stoner is likely just going to be up for a few days while things get back to pace after last night’s game. He’ll probably be back in Buffalo by the end of the week.

Zack23
5 years 4 months ago

So Davis should have just skipped AAA completely? 200 ABs at AA and he’s all set for ML pitching?
Give kids time to develop. They called Fmart up after a month of AAA and he struggled, big surprise. Instead of letting Mejia develop as a SP, they put him in the bullpen after 44 innings at AA. Now you guys want to rush Davis too.

nymets4581
5 years 4 months ago

I have to agree with Zack23 on this one. Although Ike tore it up in spring training and in the minors last year, he needs more time to develop. Plus, bringing him up after the 19th of April gives him one extra year before becoming a free agent. And the Mets may not even call him up until June, so that he can push his super two status back a year. The Mets could call him up now, but unless they seem to really be in contention, waiting on Davis to let him develop and pushing his free agent clock back is the smarter choice. That being said, I think a mid-May callup could be in order.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

With the difficulty the Mets have with even getting players to begin with, why would they be morons and have Ike to begin the season playing if it would make him a FA a year earlier. the Mets already can’t contend in that division, so that would just be a foolish move to make.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 4 months ago

What?

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

he’s talking about trading Ortiz for Jacobs.

Which is hilarious, considering Ortiz has 0 value right now and would mean nothing to an NL team. Unlike Giambi, I don’t think he could cut it as a pinch hitter.

5 years 4 months ago

maybe they’d throw in a stoner or someone like that as well…

bucs_lose_again
5 years 4 months ago

Mets management? Morons? Foolish? Never…

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

When it comes to FA signings and such, yes.

But they aren’t stupid enough to call up their big-time hitting prospect two weeks too early, thus putting him on the market earlier/driving his price up when it comes to an extension. No team is really that stupid. look at the Pirates with Andrew McCutchen, even. they knew he would be a very good player, and with a team as low a budget as they have, they knew to wait a good amount of time to delay his service clock. And the Bucs management is definitely down there with the Mets.

5 years 4 months ago

I agree. If the Mets don’t have future plans for Murphy, it shouldn’t be made obvious to the rest of the league.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

It’s because Jacobs can only play first base, whereas Frank C can play a multitude of positions. It’s not an offense-question in this case.

The Mets are banking on Ike not having major struggles once he comes up. Even if he struggles a bit, it’ll be ok. It’s not like Jacobs was hitting much anyway.