The New York Mets didn’t play yesterday, but they sure felt like winners at the end of the night. In Class-A St. Lucie, Mets ace Pedro Martinez (pictured) completed his best rehab outing since undergoing rotator cuff surgery last October. Pedro tossed five innings and allowed zero earned runs, striking out four while walking only one. Sure he was dominating entry-level minor leaguers, but just last week he was getting pummeled by entry-level minor leaguers. Ipso facto, this was an encouraging performance.
Also yesterday, the Mets acquired veteran right-handed bat Jeff Conine from the Cincinnati Reds.
New York dealt two minor leaguers for the 41-year-old utility infielder, who will fill the void left by Damion Easley’s recent injury. Conine won two World Series rings with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and 2003 and has proved to be a clutch performer in big games. He batted .308 in the two division series, .310 in the two NL Championship Series, and .294 in his two World Series.