Jason Isringhausen Plans To Pitch In 2012

Jason Isringhausen told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he intends to pitch next year. The 39-year-old right-hander, who picked up his 300th career save this summer, hits free agency after the season.

Isringhausen has turned in a solid year for the Mets after signing a minor league deal last offseason. He has a 4.05 ERA with 8.5 K/9, 4.6 BB/9 and a 39.1% ground ball rate in 46 2/3 innings. Isringhausen didn't pitch in MLB last year, but his average fastball still reaches 90.6 mph. However, as Rubin notes, Isringhausen has a herniated disc that is pinching a nerve and leading to discomfort in his right foot, so he won't pitch for several days. He won't be tied to draft pick compensation after the season, as our latest projections show.

Isringhausen said last month that he isn't going to return to MLB for $500K. Check out CloserNews.com for everything you need to know about fantasy closers.

17 Responses to Jason Isringhausen Plans To Pitch In 2012 Leave a Reply

  1. Blue387 4 years ago

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN on Twitter, Jason Isringhausen has a herniated disc in back and won’t be available for several days.

  2. EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

    Keep on truckin’ Izzy.

  3. greggofboken 4 years ago

    Say thanks and wish him well.  It was a minor miracle that he made it through August before he completely ran out of gas.  At an average age of 30+, the Mets have the second oldest pitching staff in the league.  Time to start headiing in the other direction.

    • They do need older pitchers, but ones to fill out the staff and keep them from over-pitching whatever young ones do reach the big leagues. Izzy can’t stockpile innings, though.

  4. If “Jason Isringhausen Plans to Pitch in 2012″ and “he isn’t going to return to MLB for $500K” does that mean he plans to go to Japan?

  5. rockfordone 4 years ago

    For who? He sucks – see ya in Joliet with the Slammers

  6. chico65 4 years ago

    I remember when he, Pulsipher and Wilson were going to lead them to the promised land.  It’s good to see that there’s still one Izzy kicking in MLB.

    • I do think I saw Paul Wilson selling hot dogs at a game earlier this season, so, you know, there’s that.

    • Letting Bill Pulsipher throw 218 innings as a 21-year old and letting Izzy throw 221 as a 22-year old probably didn’t help. Not to mention letting Paul Wilson make 11 starts the same year they drafted him, which was the same year he made 19 starts, including 9 complete games for Florida State, which I believe doesn’t include the College World Series, in which he also pitched.

      Long story short: Young pitchers are all risky, but the Mets more than did their share to break them.

      • chico65 4 years ago

        Very true.  I suppose 1 out of 3 pitching prospects with such hype actually having a pretty good career, albeit as a reliever, isn’t that much out of the norm though- I’m sure someone on here knows the exact ratio. I know there have been some analyses on the topic done by various folk. 

        Do you remember Izzy Alcantara?

        • One out of three and only being a reliever is pretty bad. I tend to think one out of two elite pitching prospects will work out. Think of the Orioles with Ben McDonald and Mike Mussina or the Padres with Dennis Tankersly and Jake Peavy. 

          And wow, Izzy Alcantara. Just wow.

  7. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I always thought that he was a very overrated closer. I’m very surprised that he’s still playing.

  8. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Please Cardinals for the love of God DO NOT RESIGN THIS GUY!

  9. Wainwrights_Curveball 4 years ago

    Maybe so, but no one is going to pay a washed up 39 year old reliever that kind of money…especially considering his season really hasn’t been that special.

  10. mikefichera 4 years ago

    Don’t be so sure.

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