Mike Baxter claimed by Dodgers

October, 17, 2013

Mike Baxter has been claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baxter, 28, hit only .189 with four RBIs in 132 at-bats at the major league level this season.

"It's definitely sad that my time in New York is going to come to an end," said Baxter, a Queens native and 2002 Archbishop Molloy High School graduate. "I'm just thankful they gave me an opportunity to come in and fulfill a childhood dream playing for the Mets. I'll look at that time fondly. I really enjoyed playing in New York."

The Mets' 40-man roster stands at 36 (with eight pending free agents and eight players on the 60-day DL).

Of course, Baxter's signature play as a Met was his seventh-inning catch on a shot to left field off the bat of Yadier Molina that preserved Johan Santana's June 1, 2012 no-hit bid.

"Obviously that's the highlight of my time there, being involved in such a fun night like that -- a night that was historical for the Mets, being the first one and doing it behind Johan," Baxter said.

Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage on the catch, which Terry Collins believes affected his performance this past season.

"Terry and I had a pretty good conversation about that toward the end of the year," Baxter said. "I thought he brought up some decent points. Maybe coming back from it I might have got away from some of the mechanical things in the past. So it will be good to work on those things this offseason and try to improve going forward, so I have pretty clear, set plan of what I need to do this offseason to improve.

"But, realistically, I wasn't injured this season. I was fine physically. There was no injuries or anything like that. I'm excited to get a new opportunity.

"It's not a totally sad day by any means. My time in New York is kind of up, but I'm excited for a new opportunity with a new club and to get a chance to hopefully help that team win."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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