It was hardly a surprise Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider filed for free agency yesterday, the first day of the 15-day filing period that began yesterday.
Delgado, who missed most of the season with a hip injury, expects to play next season, but won’t be re-signed by the Mets. Schneider could return to Washington.
Ironically, Schneider is a veteran back-up catcher, something the Mets need, but they want one who could hit.
Both are Class B free agents, meaning should they be offered arbitration and decline, then sign with somebody else, the Mets would be rewarded a draft pick from the Sandwich Round, which is between the first and second rounds. It’s a moot point, because they won’t be offered arbitration in fear they accept.
First base next year will be Daniel Murphy and a right-handed bat they sign on the cheap. It could be Fernando Tatis, who is also a free agent.
The market for Matt Holliday will be expensive. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported the Cardinals are discussing a six-year, $96-million contract. If that’s the club’s starting point, you know it will only end up higher, especially with Scott Boras being his agent.
Holliday’s deal will end up north of $100 million, which I think is too rich for the Mets’ blood. That’s a lot of money, which could improve other areas of the team. As important as adding Holliday would be, the Mets could upgrade their pitching and add a lesser bat, which in the big picture would improve their situation.
Some of the most riveting moments in baseball history have occurred during Game 6 of a World Series. I looked at several this morning and if you haven’t yet, please take a look and, of course, add your comments.
Tonight, it’s Pedro Martinez against Andy Pettitte, with each going 3-3 against the other.
“Two old goats out there doing the best they can and having fun with it,” Martinez said. “I don’t have enough words to describe how excited I am about being here. This is just a great gift to me.”
The objects are simple for each. For Martinez, it is to keep the Phillies’ season alive. He pitched well in Game 2 at Yankee Stadium. For Pettitte, it is to bring the Yankees’ 27th World Series title to the Bronx.
Pettitte won Game 3 in Philadelphia. Pettitte got the victory, but was hit for four runs in six innings. That was on normal rest. Tonight he’s going on three days, and how much he has left will be a defining moment to the game and Series. Continue reading →
We had some interesting talk on a thread yesterday about the Mets’ penchant for rushing players through their minor league system, often to his detriment. One name mentioned was Jenrry Mejia, whom manager Jerry Manuel is wondering if he could help next year in the bullpen.
DON’T DO IT.
Manuel is being seduced by Mejia fastball. To be sure, it is electric, producing nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Definitely eye opening, as are his nine walks and 11 runs on 14 hits. Ouch.
Numbers like that make you beg for the days of Aaron Heilman and Sean Green. Continue reading →