While the Mets are deciding which middle-tier pitcher they should pursue, the Braves and Phillies have already improved from last season.
WAGNER: Now a happy Brave.
The Braves needed to address their bullpen, and have done that with the signings of Billy Wagner (I knew he wasn’t going to retire) and Takashi Saito. They’ve also offered arbitration to Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez. The Braves need an outfield bat and are interested in Marlon Byrd.
The Philles have Cliff Lee coming back and are in on the Roy Halladay Sweepstakes. Yes, they have enough chips to get that done. The Phillies just upgraded to Placido Polanco at third base.
The Phillies’ bullpen was a huge reason they didn’t repeat. Fernando Rodney is a closer option. They are also considering John Smoltz and J.J. Putz in set-up roles.
If the Mets didn’t have to worry about the cost factor, then all right, go for Matt Holliday and John Lackey, get Jason Marquis, too. It doesn’t work that way. The Mets, which contrary to popular opinion, aren’t a cheap organization.
You don’t build stadiums and have the one of the highest payrolls in the game if you’re cheap. But, the Mets are proceeding with caution on the dollar front. None of the big three – Holliday, Bay and Lackey – will be at Citi this summer in the home whites.
Good morning ….
It’s still dark outside. The only thing making it light is the reflection of the street lights off the snow. Damn snow. I know these are the winter meetings, but still. Let is snow on Christmas, then melt the day after.
I’m going to head over to the press room soon. Stop at a McDonald’s for an Egg McMuffin, which is the world’s most perfect food.
There’s a lot to the winter meetings. For me this year it is to network and let people know I’m still alive and kicking and feed the blog. It will be unlike any winter meetings I’ve attended because of my situation.
But, I’ll keep you informed.
Sorry for the late post. It was a planes, trains and automobile travel day today to Indianapolis, which apparently turns into a ghost town when the Colts play. Nobody at the airport and the streets are empty.
To catch up on some Mets notes, there is a report they are interested in Josh Willingham, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Not the greatest of acquisitions, but certainly a better option in left than Angel Pagan.
Oh, yeah, one more thing … can we forget about the Mets dealing Luis Castillo. Of course, they’d like to move him, but his salary, age, injury history and the fact last season might have been a fluke, all of which add up to conspire against a deal being made.
Would you trade for a player with those strikes against him? I wouldn’t, either.
Usually in the days prior to the winter meetings I usually get a feel for what the Mets might do. Not this year. There’s no such feeling. No such premonition. The name I keep hearing most is Bengie Molina and that does nothing for me. Zip, zero, nada.
The Mets’ biggest priority is pitching, but I hear them linked to nobody, much less anybody dynamic. The Mets are either keeping their cards unusually close to the vest or don’t have much of a concrete plan in action.
Care to guess which one it is?