Team officials believe they fared well with players they acquired in the subsequent Triple-A phase.
The Mets added righthander John Lujan from the White Sox, first baseman Marshall Hubbard from the Mariners and lefthander Orlando Lara from the Padres in the Triple-A phase.
The Rangers selected Lujan with a 15th-round pick in 2004 and then traded him to the White Sox in 2007 for catcher Chris Stewart. Last year, he went 3-5, 4.45 with one save in 37 relief appearances for Double-A Birmingham, where he struck out 51 and walked 28 in 59 innings. Lujan throws a 93-95 mph fastball as well as a slider and changeup.
Because of inconsistent command, the 25-year-old Lujan dropped to a low three-quarters arm slot midway through last season to get more sink, though he sacrificed some velocity in the process.
"Lujan's a guy with arm strength who, even though he's in the Triple-A phase, we think he has a chance to be a big leaguer," said Mets baseball operations manager Adam Fisher, who scouts the Southern League.
Hubbard, in his third season with Double-A West Tenn, batted .271/.380/.434. He ranked third in walks (72) and fifth in strikeouts (110) in the Southern League and was selected to its all-star game. The 27-year-old lefthanded hitter has a solid glove and gap power.
"Marshall Hubbard is a strong hitter, putting up quality numbers for the last couple of years," Fisher said. "We think he can help our system at a number of levels. Like Lujan, he can be a big leaguer as well."
The 24-year-old Lara, the Mexican League rookie of the year in 2007, went 5-3, 5.03 in 18 games (seven starts) for Mexico City last season. The 5-foot-10 lefty was 1-2, 4.93 in nine games for Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific League this winter.
• Outfielder Fernando Martinez returned to action with Escogido in the Dominican League, where he was off to a 6-for-30 (.200) start with one double in nine games. He had surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee on July 15.
• Third baseman Mike Hessman, the minors' active home run leader with 311, agreed to a minor league deal in December. The 31-year-old spent the past five seasons with the Tigers' Triple-A Toledo affiliate.