The Mets decided that having two or three defensively-challenged corner outfielders on the roster was not enough, so they've gone for a fourth:
The New York Mets signed outfielder Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract on Monday. Pena, who was released by the Washington Nationals on March 28, hit .205 with two homers and 10 RBIS last season before his season ended with a torn labrum on July 18.
This is actually the second time the Mets have signed Wily Mo. He was orginally signed by New York as a 16 year-old free agent, but the deal was voided when there were questions about whether or not his father's signature was legitimate. The Marlins tried to sign him too and that also fell through. The Yankees finally got him, who sent him to the Reds, who sent him to the Red Sox, who sent him to the Nats. That's a lot of interest for a guy who has only fleetingly looked like a legitimate Major Leaguer.
Anyway, it's always a good move to sign someone the Nats didn't think was good enough to play. Still, it's a minor league deal, so it's not like Omar is going out on a limb here. If Pena finally ends up fulfilling even a portion of his once-considerable promise Minaya looks like a genius. I just don't think I'd hold my breath and expect it to happen.