Gary Shelton, columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, runs down the Red Sox roster as James Bond villains. David Ortiz was obvious, but there’s some funny stuff here.
I asked yesterday where they thought the season turned bad; the sign that said there would be no October. If you didn’t see it, you can post your thoughts here.
-KEVIN: The lead domino is getting rid of Castillo. If that happens, Murphy can play second. The AFL was to get him ready. If they can’t deal Castillo, then I presume Murphy goes back in left. Omar Minaya did say they’d pick up Delgado’s option. I don’t think they’ll trade him, but don’t forget, the Mets did not have a viable back-up to Delgado. That could be Murphy this year.
-SCOTT: The rules: The FA filing period begins the day after the World Series and lasts for 15 days. This is the window in which FA can negotiate only with their teams. … On the 16th day, FA can negotiate with other teams. … Teams can talk trade at any time.
-PAUL: I’m not for trading Murphy, but I will give you this: His value is high right now.
-HARRY: Agreed. Make pitching their first, second and third priorities. … Murphy played real well in left considering it was new for him.-JD
Now that you’ve had almost a couple of weeks to think about it, where did it go wrong for the Mets? I’m not asking about the bullpen or their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. I mean, what game in the last two months, what stretch, told you it wouldn’t happen this year?
For me, it was losing two of three to the Braves in home-and-home weekend series. It screamed to me they were in trouble.
How about you?