Outfielder Fred Lewis is the latest player to be removed from the New York Mets’ 40-man roster, and he intends to elect free agency once all the paperwork is done, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
Lewis played sparingly in September, going 3-for-20 with four walks during a callup that was his reward for a good season in Buffalo this year. The 31-year-old is a veteran of seven major league seasons – he’s also played for the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.
He’s the first player likely departing the Mets this off-season that I’ll actually miss. I enjoyed following Lewis’ Instagram account, fdotlewlive. But I realize the Mets need the 40-man roster spot to protect prospects that could be lost in the Rule 5 draft this winter and there are plenty of reserve outfielders who can be signed to provide minor league depth.
In other news, R.A. Dickey underwent successful surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle today. He pitched with an injury since April and finished at the top or near the top of nearly every pitching category – and he did it while playing on a not very good team. If that’s not a Cy Young-worthy performance, I don’t know what is.
And congratulations to the Detroit Tigers, your 2012 American League champions.