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Matt Fox’s contract purchased by Mets

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This one was a little wacky…

As the Revolution boarded the bus for their three-game series at Long Island Tuesday morning, Matt Fox hopped on not knowing the New York Mets were about to come through with an offer on his contract.  When Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball got the call, the bus had been on the road for maybe 30 minutes.  Ball then had to call Mark Mason to determine a place to pull over, where Ball could drive to catch up with Fox and bring him back to York to gather his belongings.  Ball picked up Fox alone in a Sheetz parking lot in Lancaster County with his luggage.  The bus kept moving to New York.

It’s kind of ironic that the Revolution are due to travel right through Flushing Meadows on their way to Long Island, where Citi Field, home of the Mets is located, but instead Fox will travel from York to their Triple-A affiliate, conveniently located in Las Vegas.  Also ironic, if Fox were to get called up to New York, it would mark the second straight season a Rev alum moved from Vegas to the big leagues.  Last season they were the Blue Jays Triple-A club when Shawn Hill was called up to Toronto.  The Blue Jays and Mets swapped affiliates this offseason (Las Vegas and Buffalo.)

The Revolution roster now stands at 24 active players.  We’ve learned a position player with a somewhat recognizeable name will be signing with York, but that transaction is about a week away.  Stay tuned.

The official press release from the team is after the jump…

MATT FOX SIGNED BY NEW YORK METS
Starting pitcher is third member of 2013 York Revolution roster to sign with Major League organization

 (York, Pa.):  The contract of York Revolution starting pitcher Matt Fox has been purchased by the New York Mets.  Fox is the third member of the 2013 Revolution roster to sign with a Major League organization this season, and the second pitcher.  Right-handed relief pitcher Josh Judy was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2 and outfielder/first baseman Johan Limonta went to the San Diego Padres on May 7.

Fox, 30, made four starts with York and excelled with a 1.58 ERA.  In 17 innings he allowed just 15 hits and three walks, with 18 strikeouts. 

The University of Central Florida alum reached the Majors in 2010 with both Boston and Minnesota, making one big league start for the Twins, the organization that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft out of UCF.  After going to the Red Sox, he made three appearances out of their bullpen in ’10. 

For his minor league career, Fox entered this season 45-36 with a 3.78 ERA, and won a career-high 10 games at Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization in 2011. He spent last season in the Seattle Mariners organization.

The 6’3” right-hander will look to become the fifth Revolution alum to make it to the Major Leagues after playing in York.  Three former Revolution alums (Justin Hampson, Mets LHP), Shawn Hill, Blue Jays RHP) and Scott Rice (Mets LHP) have all reached the Majors since last June alone. 

-Paul Braverman

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