Mets deal Ginter to Tigers for Colyer

NEW YORK – With manager Willie Randolph's pitching staff mostly set, the Mets traded off one of their toughest cuts, dealing Matt Ginter to the Detroit Tigers for reliever Steve Colyer.

Though the Mets are carrying 12 pitchers to begin the season, Randolph indicated Friday that Ginter would not be one of them, despite the fact that the 27-year-old right-hander did not allow a run in 14 innings this spring.

Acquired last March 27 from the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Timo Perez, Ginter was a helpful presence on the Mets pitching staff, making 14 starts and going 1-3 with a 4.54 ERA.

For a time, it appeared as though Ginter - a member of the Mets' so-called "Camouflage Row" of pitchers who intently hunt and fish in their spare time - might have been the likely choice to replace the injured Steve Trachsel in the Mets' rotation, but the club then traded catcher Jason Phillips to the Los Angeles Dodgers for left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii.

Ginter was out of minor league options, meaning that the Mets likely would have lost him if they had tried to send him to Triple-A Norfolk.

Colyer, a 26-year-old left-handed reliever, was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 games this spring for the Tigers, and was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Friday's game.

He was 1-0 with a 6.47 ERA in 41 games last season with Detroit, and also pitched in 25 games at Toledo, going 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA there. He will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk.

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