Just what do the New York Mets have in Mike Baxter?
Just think of Mike Baxter, who returns to the Mets Monday at the expense of demoted Kirk Nieuwenhuis, as the Rip Van Winkle of the New York Mets.
June 1, 2012 was destined to be a notable date in New York Mets history even before Johan Santana threw the first of 134 pitches on his way to the Mets' first no-hitter.
Despite the divergence in how the Mets acquired Baxter and Davis—the former was a waiver-wire pickup last year, the latter was New York's top pick in the 2008 draft—it isn't impossible that Baxter could be a legitimate contributor. He'd once been a fifth-round pick by San Diego, and his production suffered in the minor leagues because of injuries.