SHORT STAY — It took Edgardo Alfonzo only four games to prove that he still has the skills to play at the highest level.
Bluefish manager Dave LaPoint confirmed Saturday that he has played his final game for the Bluefish. Alfonzo has returned to his home in New York and will sign with the New York Mets.
Alfonzo hit .286 with two doubles and four RBIs with the Bluefish. He had at least one RBI in every game he played. LaPoint said that the Mets had one of their leading scouts on-hand to witness every one of Alfonzo's 17 plate appearances with the Bluefish. His quick departure was of no surprise to LaPoint.
"Not with the size of his name and his recognition in baseball," LaPoint said.
Alfonzo, 32, will rejoin the organization where he spent the first 12 seasons of his career and where he enjoyed his greatest success. He hit .304 with career-highs of 27 home runs and 108 RBIs in 1999 and followed that by hitting .324 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs during an All-Star season in 2000.
Alfonzo, who is expected to report to Class AAA Norfolk, hit a combined .126 with five RBIs and five runs scored in 30 games with the Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays this season. The Blue Jays placed him on waivers June 12.
"I don't think he's ready for the big leagues just yet, but he's getting closer," LaPoint said.
ADDITIONS? — LaPoint has been in contact with 29-year-old outfielder Carlos Rodriguez, 33-year-old former big league reliever Jose
Jimenez, 32-year-old former big league infielder Desi Relaford, and 36-year-old former big league infielder Pete Rose Jr., who is the son of baseball's career hits leader, in an attempt to bolster the roster for the second half.
LaPoint hopes to make roster changes in the immediate future.
Rodriguez hit .245 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 88 games at Class AA Corpus Christi in the Houston Astros organization last season. He hit .307 with 13 home runs and 76 RBIs in 114 games with the Nashua Pride in 2004.
Jimenez spent at least part of seven seasons in the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. He threw a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks June 25, 1999 and had his best season in 2002 when he finished sixth in the National League with a career-high 41 saves with the Rockies.
Relaford, who was in spring training with the Baltimore Orioles this season, has spent at least part of the last 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Mets, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals and Rockies. He hit .224 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 73 games with the Rockies last season.
Rose Jr., who appeared in 11 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 1997, hit .262 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 118 games with the Long Island Ducks last season. But he has made more news off the field of late.
Rose Jr. pleaded guilty Nov. 7, 2005 to charges that he sold GBL, a drug that is an alternative to steroids, to his teammates at Class AA Chattanooga in the Reds organization. He was released from jail July 4 after serving a one-month sentence.
"My view on this is he did something in 1999 and he paid the price," LaPoint said. "He's already owned up to his faults, and who are we not to give him another chance. He said he just wants to play another year and that's it."
— RICH ELLIOTT