Mets outfielder Mike Baxter claimed by Los Angeles Dodgers

Nick Laham

Mike from Whitestone was claimed by the Dodgers today, as the Mets are clearing space on their 40 man roster

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have claimed Mets utility outfielder, Mike Baxter, off waivers. The 28-year-old Baxter was considered a fan favorite in New York because of his catch that saved Johan Santana's no-hitter. Baxter is a native Queensite, who played high school ball at Archbisop Molloy and proceeded to Columbia University and Vanderbilt.

In Baxter's tenure with the Mets, he was about a replacement-level player but had his best year in 2012. He hit .263/.365/.413 in 211 plate-appearances. After hopes that Baxter would come off his 1.1 WAR year strongly, he fizzled in 2013, hitting .189/.303/.250, posting a -0.7 WAR in 155 plate appearances. In 2013, Baxter was up and down between Queens and Las Vegas, but he spent most of the summer in Triple-A and returned to the majors in September.

In terms of a baseball move, Baxter was a replacement level player, and a depth/bench guy. Replacement players are, in a word, replaceable. Mike Baxter's value to the Mets came perhaps in the form of a "hometown hero," who saved the first no-hitter for the team he grew up loving. He was a well-liked clubhouse presence, as Joshua Ryan described, and will be missed in that regard, but we will always have this.




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