January 18th, 2009

Fossum joins Mets on Minor League deal

fossum.jpgCasey Fossum, who ended up becoming the second lefty in the Tigers bullpen last summer, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Mets, according to the Buffalo News. The 31-year-old was cut out of Spring Training with the Pirates last year before signing with Detroit soon after the Tigers released Tim Byrdak. Fossum went 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA in 31 appearances, allowing a .243 batting average to left-handed hitters but giving up a .310 average and .920 OPS against right-handed batters.

Why the scoop out of Buffalo? Fossum would presumably join the Triple-A Bisons, the new Mets affiliate after years with Cleveland, unless he makes the Mets roster out of camp.