A few familiar names crossed the Atlantic League transaction wire last week.
- Timoniel Perez, an outfielder for the New York Mets from 2000-2003, signed with the Long Island Ducks on July 6th. The 37-year-old veteran of eight major league seasons and his Ducks teammate Armando Benitez are likely the last two active players who were part of the Mets last World Series team. The Ducks are managed by 1990-93 Mets infielder Kevin Baez, and Mets Hall of Famer Bud Harrelson is a part-time coach and part-owner of the team.
- Pitchers Tobi Stoner and Sean Green signed with the Somerset Patriots last week. Stoner had short cups of coffee with the Mets in 2009 and 2010. Green spent 2009 and 2010 with the Mets after coming over in a three-team, 12-player deal that also brought J.J. Putz to New York. While Green was a reliever during his six-year major league career, it appears that the Patriots plan to use him as a starter.
- Scott Kazmir, a one-time Mets top prospect, signed with the Sugarland Skeeters and is expected to make his Atlantic League debut today. Kazmir is a two-time American League All-Star with 66 career victories over eight seasons with the Devil Rays and Angels.
Jorge Julio, a pitcher for the 2006 New York Mets team, is playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish. Chin-lung Hu, an infielder on last year’s Mets team, had been playing for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs until he was placed on the inactive list this weekend.
The Can-Am League, the other independent baseball league with teams in New Jersey, has roster rules that limit teams’ ability to sign players with major league experience. The New Jersey Jackals have the only former Met — 2009 Mets infielder Angel Berroa – on their roster. Berroa spent nine years in the big leagues and was the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year.