Gary Matthews Jr. #19
35 years old (36 in August)
12th major league season
6'3" 225 pounds
Bats S/Throws R
The Good: 22 out of the 23.5 million dollars owed to him on his contract is being paid by the Angels. Had a career year in 2006. Smiled and signed a lot of autographs on his first day at Mets Camp. Has been working a lot with hitting coach Howard Johnson. Is a decent base-runner.
The Bad: Has had no power over the past 2 years. Was a disruption in the clubhouse last year after being benched and asked to be traded. Everyone remembers his highlight catches, but he has turned into a poor defensive outfielder. He has done nothing positive on the field over the past 3 years. To see my initial reaction to the trade, check out this link (Gary Matthews Jr. Trade). He was on track to get flat out released by the Angels and be available to play for the league minimum, but Omar instead traded for him and is paying him twice that much.
Role: Most likely the 4th outfielder until Carlos Beltran comes back. In competition with Angel Pagan for playing time while Beltran is out. I would like to see the Mets just release him and use the roster spot for Chris Carter.