Let’s face it, the Mets have done most of their important heavy lifting. But, there’s still work to be done. OK, you’ve got one more move to make. Who is it? Oliver Perez, which seems to be the consensus, or somebody else?
Ben Sheets? Andy Pettitte? Brad Penny?
Or, do you splurge on a hitter?
You can add one, so realistically who is it?
When we last left our heroes, did so with scathing words about their bullpen, which in the last four days has gone from arguably the worst to the best in baseball.
Adding Francisco Rodriguez and JJ Putz will do that to a bullpen.
We kick off Mets Chat Room with word they are talking to the Cubs about Jason Marquis.
Looking forward to talking with you tonight.
MINAYA: Came through in the clutch.
After the season, GM Omar Minaya vowed to fix the bullpen. It’s one thing to get one stud closer, it’s another to get two. And, he did. The need was to add power arms to the bullpen, and he couldn’t have done better.
That JJ Putz is looking forward to setting up Francisco Rodriguez, eliminates the ego problem. Also encouraging is both players want to play in New York. Rodriguez has thrived under pressure in big games before, so this in not a new environment for him.
Minaya isn’t done. There’s still a starter that needs to be added, but so far he’s done real well. Real well.
Please join me for a Mets Chat Room tonight at 7 as we wrap up the Winter Meetings. Hope to see you online tonight.
The Mets’ weakness could now be considered a strength, especially if the issues surrounding Francisco Rodriguez don’t materialize. Putz becomes the closer if they do.
Duaner Sanchez now becomes the primary seventh-inning guy, and they still have Scott Schoeneweis and Pedro Feliciano for match-ups. With who is remaining the pen should be strong enough.
HEILMAN: It was time to leave.
In losing Aaron Heilman: The Mets say good-bye to a pitcher whose heart wasn’t in his role. It has been getting increasingly difficult for him to pitch in New York.
In losing Endy Chavez: The Mets lose late-inning defense and a strong sub. His loss might accelerate Fernando Martinez to the major leagues in that role. Reportedly, the Mets are talking to Los Angeles. Andruw Jones anyone? Or Juan Pierre?
In losing Joe Smith: The Mets lose a quality reliever whom they’ll miss, but they are so much better now.