UPDATE: Mets sign Jason Isringhausen to minor league contract


UPDATE: According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets have signed Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp.

12:50 PM: Last month Jason Isringhausen opted not to sign with the Reds after he threw a bullpen session for pitching coach Bryan Price, so today the 38-year-old former closer tried out for the Mets.

Isringhausen hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2009 and before that struggled with a 5.70 ERA in 43 innings for the Cardinals in 2008, but he was originally drafted by the Mets in 1991 and once upon a time was a top pitching prospect who debuted with New York as a starter in 1995.

Adam Rubin of ESPNewYork.com reports that Isringhausen threw in front of Mets assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who was in Oakland’s front office when Isringhausen was the A’s closer from 1999 to 2001. He has an “open invitation” to sign a minor-league deal with the Reds, but “wanted to go somewhere and see if I could make a team.”

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 24-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.