Jason Bay is scheduled to get his physical today from the Mets physician. INSERT punchline here.
The Mets are still scouting Carlos Delgado, who is playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. They are looking to see if he can hold up for one more season. But, can they really get the answers they need over the long haul in a few short weeks?
I’ve thought for awhile now that it is time to move on from Delgado for several reasons, beginning with, 1) his age and injury history, and including 2) the money that could be spent elsewhere and 3) allowing the personality of the younger guys to emerge in the clubhouse.
The Mets had their window of opportunity with Delgado to win and it never materialized.
The Mets need to get younger, cheaper and more athletic and Delgado works against them in all these areas. Delgado has become the kind of veteran a teams trade for at the July deadline. If the Mets were a player away, then sure, bring him back. But, they are more than a player away.
One I touted was Joel Pineiro.
But, it was a surface infatuation. I looked at Pineiro’s 15 wins and thought they’d look good in the Mets’ rotation. They would.
But, after looking deeper, I’m off the Pineiro bandwagon. Those 15 wins marked the first time he won double-digit wins since going 16-11 in 2003 with Seattle. He’s 87-79 during his ten year career, which averages out to 9-8. He threw 214 innings last year, which was only the second time he threw at much as 200. Three times he’s thrown as many as 190.
There’s no way this should translate into Pineiro getting $10 million a year for four years. No way. But, would it surprise anybody if he did? Not me. When it comes to crazy contracts, somebody is always willing to pay. There’s always a GM waiting to take the plunge.
I’m hoping it isn’t Omar Minaya.
Last night was one of those when I couldn’t fall asleep. Tossed and turned. The mind races at 2:30 in the morning, and for awhile last night it stopped at the Mets’ batting order.
What should it be?
Here’s what I came up with for now:
SS Jose Reyes: I’ve heard people say he should bat third, but I don’t see it now as nothing more than a waste of his speed.
2B Luis Castillo: He’s at his best taking pitches and advancing the runners.
3B: David Wright: He’ll hit for an average and hopefully regain his power stroke.
CF Carlos Beltran: He could bat third, too, but I wanted a lefty to separate him and Jason Bay.
LF: Jason Bay: Offers protection for Beltran.
RF Jeff Francoeur: Tempted to drop him down and flip with Murphy to go right-left-right-left, but opted to put two power guys back-to-back. Unfortunately, I have two strikeout guys in a row.
1B Daniel Murphy: With three guys ahead of him who’ll get on base he should have some RBI opportunities.
C: Santos/Blanco platoon: Somebody has to hit eighth and I don’t want it to be Castillo.
P: Pitcher’s slot.
Of course, this changes if they get Bengie Molina or somehow find a taker for Castillo.
I’d like to wish you all a happy and safe New Year. I’m glad the blog means something to you and I resolve to keep it up. Here’s hoping for a lot of entertaining and winning nights in the new year.
Best to you all,