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Mets re-sign Scott Rice

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It’s tough to find an image of Scott Rice we haven’t used yet in the many, many times we’ve written about him. While this photo may be two years old, we’re sure Rice is just as excited about re-signing with the Mets as he was when he first signed with them. The news broke overnight, as will happen with a west coast winter meetings. We saw it first from the New York Post and CBS Sports.com.

At the end of October, when former Revolution pitcher Scott Rice (’11) was taken off the New York  Mets 40-man roster, it looked like he might sign with another organization as a free agent.  As it turns out, the the organization that finally gave the one-time 31-year-old rookie the chance to pitch in the big leagues after 14 minor league seasons was still interested in his services, and the interest was mutual.

New York has re-signed Rice to a minor league contract, with an invite to Major League spring training, the same situation from which he cracked the Mets opening day 25-man roster in 2013, where he made his MLB debut on opening day against the Padres.  He pitched the ninth to finish a Mets win.

The Mets will see how Rice responds from elbow surgery that cut his 2014 season short in July.  In 2013, while on pace to lead the Majors in appearances, Rice was shut down in September with a hernia injury that also let to surgery.  Unfortunately bad injury luck has been a re-occurring part of Rice’s career, including a prior injury to his pitching elbow which delayed the former first round pick’s Major League arrival more than once.  But he’s fought through injuries before, so hopefully the lefty can claw his way back yet again.

-Paul Braverman

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