MINNEAPOLIS -- All told, Wilmer Font’s Mets tenure lasted two and a half months.
The Mets on Tuesday traded Font, a right-handed pitcher, to the Blue Jays for cash. The Mets had acquired Font in May from the Rays for prospect Neraldo Catalina, who has since posted a 2.35 ERA in four games for Tampa Bay’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. Catalina, 19, throws in the mid-90s.
So does Font, though the 29-year-old couldn’t translate that velocity into success with either the Mets or the Rays. In New York, Font produced a 4.94 ERA in 15 outings, including three starts. The Mets frequently used him in long relief situations for as many as three innings at a time. But with Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson and Luis Avilan all recently returned from the injured list, Font became expendable. The Mets designated him for assignment last week to make room for another swingman, rookie Chris Mazza, on their active roster.
In five big league seasons as both a starter and reliever, Font owns a 6.00 career ERA with five different teams, striking out 82 batters in 96 innings.