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Shinjo Signs with Mets

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Shinjo Signs with Mets
ESPN confirmed that Shinjo signed with the Mets for the second time, this contract worth $600k.

As a Mets fan, I like this deal, as Shinjo can make a good defensive replacement for Cedeno in the later innings. Plus, as a fan of Pro Yakyu, its fun to see one of it's alumns on my team.

Any thoughts?
Re: Shinjo Signs with Mets
[ Author: CFiJ | Posted: Jan 12, 2003 10:35 PM ]

I think Shinjo is a decent enough hitter (and excellent enough fielder) that he could be a full-time center fielder on a Major League team -- if that team could afford to have a primarily defensive center fielder. Unfortunately, injuries and other factors have kept him for nailing that regular job. But if you put him in center and he plays 140-150 games, I think he'll give you a .260-.270 BA with around 15 HRs, and that's not too bad for a center fielder with Shinjo's defense.

Looking at the Mets' outfield, I think they should put Shinjo in center, Floyd in right, and then deal Cedeno and Burnitz for a decent left-fielder.
Re: Shinjo Signs with Mets
[ Author: InterestedAmericanObserver | Posted: Jan 13, 2003 2:32 AM ]

I think the Mets should platoon Timo Perez and Shinjo in CF, and possibly put Cedeno in left with Floyd in right. I don't like Burnitz in NY. Another deal is imminent, so we'll see.

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