The New York Mets have begun to address their outfield needs now that R.A. Dickey has been traded away. The team acquired righty outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for third base prospect Jefry Marte, MetsBlog.com reports. Cowgill, 26, split time between Oakland and Triple-A Sacramento last season. Cowgill has a career average of .255 with five doubles, two home runs, and 18 RBI's in 74 major league games. Cowgill is right handed and does have a career .295 average against lefties, so he could find a role in an outfield that is predominantly left handed. Cowgill is also a good defender and could fit the bill as a fourth outfielder type for the Mets.
In return, the Mets will send third base prospect Jefry Marte to Oakland. Marte is a decent third base prospect with some power, but he is blocked at the big league level by David Wright and at the minor league level by Wilmer Flores. Marte most likely has a more immediate chance at big league playing time with the A's, so this is a trade that involves both sides dealing from areas of strength. Cowgill is not a starter at this point, and it certainly does not appear that the Mets are done tinkering with their outfield. GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on the conference call of the R.A. Dickey trade that the team is not done adding and isn't punting 2013, so what their next moves are remain to be seen.
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