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Elephant Rumblings: Mets sign catcher Bruce Maxwell

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Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!

The baseball world is quiet right now. The World Series is more than a week behind us, and the offseason has only just begun. Any minute now, teams will start signing players and making trades, but for now this is the calm before the winter storm of transactions.

The Oakland A’s did make a move on Wednesday, signing Triple-A righty reliever Matt Blackham to a minor league deal (see Twitter section below), but we’ll talk more about him in a full separate post. It’s either that or an article about the sandwich I’m hoping to have for lunch.

If we dig deep enough, though, we can find something notable for today’s Rumblings. The A’s weren’t the only team to make minor news on Wednesday, as the New York Mets also signed a handful of players to minor league deals. You might recognize the names Mallex Smith, Jose Peraza, and Arodys Vizcaino, but one pickup in particular is worth a mention on Athletics Nation: catcher Bruce Maxwell.

The former A’s backstop hasn’t played in U.S. affiliated ball since Oakland cut him loose after the 2018 season, but he did stay active in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Now he’s back in the (Mets) minor league system in the states.

Of course, historically speaking, being signed by the Mets isn’t necessarily great news for a person. They’ve been a dysfunctional laughingstock for much of my life, like the Knicks of baseball. But they’re in the process of being sold to a new owner, ending the embarrassing run of the Wilpon family, and they’ve got former A’s general manager Sandy Alderson back in charge (after he briefly returned to Oakland as an adviser in 2019), so there’s at least a chance of better times ahead in Queens.

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