Izzy auditions for Mets
February, 15, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Jason Isringhausen speaks with reporters after auditioning for the Mets on Tuesday.
Jason Isringhausen, who last pitched in the majors when he made nine appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, auditioned for Mets assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning.
Isringhausen, 38, originally was drafted by the Mets 20 years ago and pitched in the majors with the club from 1995 through 1999.
“We’ve got a history from Oakland, things like that,” Isringhausen said, referring to his relationship with Ricciardi. “We’ve always been cordial friends. So I talked to my agent, my agent talked to J.P., and I just came down here and threw a little bit. All I need is a chance to throw in the spring somewhere.”
Isringhausen said he previously auditioned with the Cincinnati Reds in Arizona and has an “open invitation” to sign there, although he was told he would not be promised many innings.
“I wanted to go somewhere and see if I could make a team,” Isringhausen said. “So here we are.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was noncommittal, but seemed to indicate Isringhausen might be welcome on a minor league deal without a big league camp invite.
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