Mets Sign Cerda, Duncan, Yates

The Mets announced on Wednesday that they have come to terms on one-year contracts with pitchers Jaime Cerda and Jeff Duncan along with outfielder Tyler Yates.

Cerda, who had a 2.45 ERA in 25 1/3 innings pitched for the Mets in 32 appearances after his June 27th call up, was signed to a split deal that will pay him $88,400 if he is assigned to AAA Norfolk and $300,000 if he makes the big league squad, a distinct possibility.

Cerda, who went from AA Binghamton all the way to the majors last year, is one of three left-handers vying for a spot in the Mets bullpen, with Mike Stanton being the only guaranteed lock of the lefty triumvirate of Cerda, Stanton and Graeme Lloyd, who was also signed to a minor league contract this winter.

Yates, acquired in the deal that brought the Mets lefty setup man Mark Guthrie last year, underwent Tommy John Surgery last June after going 2-2 with a 1.32 ERA and 6 saves at AAA Norfolk. Although he will receive an invitation to Spring Training, it is unlikely he will make the team, as he is positioned behind fellow right-handers David Weathers, Grant Roberts and Armando Benitez in the ‘pen.

The third player signed was speedy outfielder Jeff Duncan, who played at both A level teams for the Mets last year. In 40 games with low A Capital City last year, he hit .393 with 4 homeruns, 17 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He then hit .343 with two homers and 10 RBI with upper A St. Lucie. He also received an invite to Spring Training, although he will probably start the year at AA Binghamton.

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