As promised, Sandy Alderson isn't returning to New York empty-handed. Here's the release from the Mets:
The New York Mets today announced they have signed infielder Russ Adams and catcher Dusty Ryan to minor league contracts and invited both to major league Spring Training.
Adams, 30, appeared in 108 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season, hitting .264 (101-383) and tying for the team lead with 58 RBI. The 6-0, 200-pounder signed with the Mets as a minor league free agent on December 22, 2009.
A former first round pick by Toronto in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Adams made his major league debut in 2004. He appeared in 286 games over parts of five major league seasons for the Blue Jays, hitting .247 (218-884).
Ryan, 26, spent last season with the San Diego Padres’ organization, playing in 89 games for Portland (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. The 6-4, 220-pounder hit .199 (52-261) for the Beavers with seven home runs and 30 RBI.
Originally drafted by Detroit in 2003, Ryan made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2008. He split time between Toledo (AAA) of the International League and Detroit in 2009, before San Diego acquired the catcher on December 21, 2009. In 27 big league games, he hit .257 (18-70).