11/20/2006 5:31 PM ET
Mets sign Moises Alou
The New York Mets announced today that they have signed free agent outfielder Moises Alou to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with a club option for 2008.
Alou, 40, hit .301 (104-345) with 52 runs scored, 25 doubles, one triple, 22 home runs and 74 RBI in 98 games for the San Francisco Giants last season. In addition, the 6-3, 225-pound righthanded batter had a .352 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging mark, while reaching the 20-home run plateau for the ninth time in his career.
"Moises Alou is one of the game's top hitters," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "He'll add a valuable righthanded bat to our line-up."
Moises had two stints on the Disabled List in 2006. He missed time from May 6th-June 5th with a right ankle sprain. He was leading the National League with a .378 batting average at the time of the injury. Alou then was out of action from June 17th-July 6th with a lower back strain.
Alou became the 71st player in major league history to amass 2,000 hits and 300 home runs in 2006. Moises collected his 2,000th hit with a double on September 24th at Milwaukee and swatted his 300th home run in the first game of the April 13th doubleheader vs. the Astros. He also hit .320 (33-103) with runners in scoring position and .349 (29-83) vs. lefthanded pitching last year.
Alou is a six-time All-Star (1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005) and two-time Silver Slugger recipient (1994, 1998). He has constructed a .301 (2,005-6,660) batting average with 400 doubles, 38 triples, 319 home runs, 1,229 RBI, with 102 stolen bases in 1,840 major league games with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Houston, the Chicago Cubs and Giants.
Moises has a .368 lifetime on-base percentage and a .516 slugging percentage. In addition, he has compiled a .308 (593-1,923) career batting average with runners in scoring position. He is one of 19 major leaguers to hit .300 or better with 350 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,110 RBI (14 of the others are in Baseball's Hall of Fame).
He batted .321 (137-427) with 21 doubles, 19 home runs and 63 RBI in 123 contests with San Francisco in 2005. Moises cracked 39 home runs and drove in 103 runs while helping the Cubs advance to the National League Championship Series in 2004.
Alou has 24 RBI in 34 career post-season games and hit .321 (9-28) with three home runs and nine RBI to help the 1997 Marlins capture the World Series.
Alou and his father, Felipe are only one of two father-son tandems in major league history to each record 2,000 hits (Moises - 2,005 and Felipe - 2,101). The other duo is Ken Griffey, Jr. and Sr. Moises and Felipe also have 525 combined home runs and 2,081 RBI. Moises' uncle, Jesus Alou, played in 62 games with the Mets in 1975 and his cousin, Mel Rojas, pitched for the Mets from 1997-1998 while another uncle, Matty, also appeared in the majors.
He finished third in the NL MVP voting on two occasions (1994 and 1998). Moises batted .339 (143-422) with 31 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 107 games with the Expos in 1994 and hit .312 (182-584) with 34 doubles, five triples, 38 home runs and 124 RBI in 1998 with Houston.
Alou has appeared in 1,145 career games in leftfield, 603 contests in rightfield and 99 games in centerfield.