Yankees and Mets free agents
The Yankees and Mets have 21 players who are free agents during the 2012-13 offseason. This list is limited to players who have appeared on the major-league roster this season or were signed to major-league free agent deals. The age listed is how old the player will be at the start of the 2013 season.
JASON BAY, 34, left fielder
UPDATE: Bay signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Mariners
Mets, 2012 salary: $16 million
2012 stats: .165, 8 HR, 21 R, 20 RBIs
The Mets and Bay negotiated their separation a year before his contract was due to run out, making him an unrestricted free agent.
TIM BYRDAK, 39, relief pitcher
Mets, 2012 salary: $1 million
2012 stats: 2-2, 4.40 ERA, 30.2 IP
After pitching no more than 38.2 innings either of the past two seasons, Byrdak had already accumulated 30.2 innings by Aug. 1. Soon after it was revealed that Byrdak would have season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Byrdak has said his goal is to return late in the 2013 season. Click here to see Byrdak’s stats.
RONNY CEDENO, 30, infielder
Mets, 2012 salary: $1.15 million
2012 stats: .259, 4 HR, 18 R, 22 RBIs
Cedeno has thrived in a part-time role with the Mets, posting the highest on-base percentage and slugging percentage of his career, and the highest batting average since his rookie season. Cedeno has played second base, third base and shortstop for the Mets, while also posting time at leftfield and centerfield during his career. Click here to see Cedeno’s stats.
ERIC CHAVEZ, 35, third baseman
UPDATE: Chavez signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks
Yankees, 2012 salary: $900,000
2012 stats: .281, 16 HR, 36 R, 37 RBIs
Chavez had a career resurgence with the Yankees. Even in a back-up role, he's hit double-digit home runs for the first time since 2007 and played in his most games since 2007. Click here to see Chavez’s stats.
PEDRO FELICIANO, 35, relief pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $3.75 million
Did not pitch in the majors in 2012
The Yankees didn't exercise a $4.5 million club option for 2013 given that Feliciano hasn’t thrown a single pitch in pinstripes. Shoulder soreness and then arthroscopic surgery have kept Feliciano rehabbing. Click here to see Feliciano’s stats.
FREDDY GARCIA, 37, starting pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $4 million
2012 stats: 7-6, 5.20 ERA, 107.1 IP
After an atrocious start to his season (19 earned runs in 14.2 innings) and a stint in the bullpen, Garcia became a solid member of the Yankees’ rotation again. Click here to see Garcia’s stats.
SCOTT HAIRSTON, 33, leftfielder
Mets, 2012 salary: $1.1 million
2012 stats: .263, 20 HR, 52 R, 57 RBIs
After a so-so 2011, Hairston thrived with the Mets in 2012, being particularly effective at hitting lefthanded pitching. Hairston played all three outfield spots for the Mets. Click here to see Hairston’s stats.
RAUL IBANEZ, 41, designated hitter
Yankees, 2012 salary: $1.1 million (plus bonuses)
2012 stats: .240, 19 HR, 50 R, 62 RBIs
Ibanez brought power to the table during the regular season and was clutch during the playoffs. He played far more leftfield than the Yankees could have envisioned when they signed him, but most metrics agree that he did well with his defense. Click here to see Ibanez’s stats.
RYOTA IGARASHI, 34, relief pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $480,000
2012 stats: 0-0, 12.00 ERA, 3 IP
The former Met pitched precious few innings for the Yankees and wasn't effective when he was in games.
ANDRUW JONES, 36, leftfielder
UPDATE: Jones is reportedly set to sign with a Japanese club, the Rakuten Eagles
Yankees, 2012 salary: $2 million
2012 stats: .197, 14 HR, 27 R, 34 RBIs
With the loss of Brett Gardner to injury, Jones was a crucial contributor early on, and he blasted five home runs in July as a part-time player. But he struggled mightily during the second half, effectively becoming a non-factor in the lineup. Click here to see Jones’ stats.
HIROKI KURODA, 38, starting pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $10 million
2012 stats: 16-11, 3.32 ERA, 219.2 IP
UPDATE: The Yankees re-signed Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $15 million on Nov. 20. The righthanded pitcher originally turned down the Yankees' $13.3 million qualifying offer to test free agency before coming to terms. Click here to see Kuroda’s stats.
DEREK LOWE, 40, relief pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $15 million
2012 stats: 1-1, 3.04 ERA, 23.2 IP
The Braves gave up on Lowe before the season even started and the Indians finally dumped him midseason after he struggled to a 5.36 ERA with them. The Yankees paidg Lowe the pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum salary to add some insurance out of the bullpen and he rediscovered the sinker that’s the key to his success. Click here to see Lowe’s stats.
RUSSELL MARTIN, 30, catcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $7.5 million
2012 stats: .211, 21 HR, 50 R, 53 RBIs
UPDATE: Martin signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Nov. 29, pending a physical. According to a source, the Yankees never made an offer to Martin. Click here to see Martin’s stats.
ANDY PETTITTE, 40, starting pitcher
Yankees, 2012 salary: $2.5 million
2012: 5-4, 2.87 ERA, 69 K, 21 BB
Pettitte and the Yankees reportedly came to a one-year, $12 million deal Nov. 28. Despite missing nearly three months with a fractured ankle after coming out of retirement in May, the 40-year-old lefthander posted a WHIP of 1.142 and only lasted less than six innings three times in his 12 starts.
RAMON RAMIREZ, 31, relief pitcher
Mets, 2012 salary: $2.65 million
2012 stats: 3-4, 4.24 ERA, 63.2 IP
Acquired as part of the deal that sent Angel Pagan to San Francisco, Ramirez struggled — by his standards — during his time in New York. After producing a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the previous four seasons, Ramirez well exceeded that in 2012. Meanwhile, his walk rate rose. Click here to see Ramirez’s stats.
JON RAUCH, 34, relief pitcher
Mets, 2012 salary: $3.5 million
2012 stats: 3-7, 3.59 ERA, 57.2 IP
Rauch was saddled with a number of losses, which generally led to a bad opinion of his pitching. But the numbers are solid. He combined a lack of home runs with a minuscule walk rate to produce yet another representative season. Click here to see Rauch’s stats.
MARIANO RIVERA, 43, closer
Yankees, 2012 salary: $15 million
2012 stats: 1-1, 2.16 ERA, 8.1 IP
Rivera and the Yankees finalized terms on a one-year, $10 million deal on Nov. 30. The 43-year-old closer decided to return after his season was cut short when he tore the ACL in his right knee while shagging fly balls in the outfield on May 3. Click here to see Rivera’s stats.
KELLY SHOPPACH, 33, catcher
Mets, 2012 salary: $1.35 million
2012 stats: .203, 3 HR, 7 R, 10 RBIs
The Mets acquired Shoppach from the Red Sox in August in order to get an up-close look at the catcher with an eye on 2013. He’s always hit lefties well, with a career .893 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws. He's also displayed some power, reaching double-digit home run totals three of the last five seasons despite never receiving more than 352 at-bats. Click here to see Shoppach’s stats.
RAFAEL SORIANO, 33, closer
Yankees, 2012 salary: $11 million
2012 stats: 2-1, 2.26 ERA, 67.2 IP
Soriano opted out of his $14 million contract for 2013, receiving a $1.5 million buyout instead and becoming a free agent. Click here to see Soriano’s stats.
ICHIRO SUZUKI, 39, Outfield
Yankees, 2012 salary: $17 million
2012: .283, 9 HR, 77 R, 55 RBIs
Ichiro was completely revitalized by his mid-season trade to the Yankees, hitting .322 with five home runs in New York while manning left or right field. Teams now must decide whether the 39-year-old is the Ichiro of the first half (.261 average) or the second half of the 2012 season.
NICK SWISHER, 32, rightfielder
Yankees, 2012 salary: $10.25 million
2012 stats: .272, 24 HR, 75 R, 93 RBIs
After struggling early, Swisher rebounded to around his career averages. He’s hit over 20 home runs for the eighth season in a row. Click here to see Swisher’s stats.
CHRIS YOUNG, 34, starting pitcher
Mets, 2012 salary: $480,000
2012 stats: 4-9, 4.15 ERA, 19.2 IP
Young was a solid, back-of-the-rotation starter in 2012, displaying none of the dominance he showed during his brief 2011 season. His strikeouts diminished (though his walk rate remained good) and his extreme fly ball tendencies make him very replaceable. Click here to see Young’s stats.