I’ve started a NY football blog. Hope you’ll join me tonight for Giants-Eagles at 8 pm.
Said Randolph: “I’m excited, looking forward to this next challenge and getting to work. I love teaching and I’m passionate about being in the game. … Eventually, I do want to get back to managing. I didn’t really want to wait around. … I thought it was best to make this move.
The Mets were 302-253 (.544) under Randolph, second to Davey Johnson in club history.
With the turnover in managers and Randolph’s numbers, there’s no doubt he’ll get another chance.
Greetings friends. This morning I’d like to introduce you to a new venture, a blog on New York football. We’ll be talking Jets and Giants during the games the way we did Mets.
I figure it will be slow at first, so I’m asking your help to bear with me and to spread the word. And, if you have a baseball question or comment, just post it here and I’ll get to it between the football games.
As usual, thanks for your support. Please click here to go to the football post:
I was thinking about this at breakfast: If the Mets were to sign just one free agent, who would it be? Immediately, I discarded CC Sabathia, K-Rod and Manny Ramirez, because I don’t see them paying that much.
They need bullpen help, and you could look at it a couple of ways. One, is to get reliable starters to shave the BP innings, and if Maine comes back healthy, they’ll have three. Should they sign Lowe, theoretically that’s four reliable starters, which cuts the BP innings, but still leaves you vulnerable on a fifth day and in the ninth inning throughout.
So, if I’m forced to pick one, I’m going with the closer. I know it’s tempting to think K-Rod, but my confidence level in him is he’ll break down. The next best closer on the market is Brian Fuentes. No Mariano Rivera, but who is?
My choice, if to sign just one free agent, is to go with Fuentes to plug the leak in the ninth inning. Seven games got away. If all else remains equal and Fuentes cuts that in half, that should put them ahead of the Phillies.
Remember, this exercise is about adding just one player. If you have somebody different, let’s hear it.
Let’s just say for the sake of the argument the Mets sign Derek Lowe. We know they aren’t going to break the bank in Yankee proportions, and it comes down to bringing back Oliver Perez at the reported number of $75 million or Brian Fuentes at $44 million and a handful of relievers.
What’s your choice?
I would take Fuentes and the relievers because it would solve the team’s greatest problem, and for the final starter I’d give Jon Niese a chance, or at worst, bring back Pedro Martinez as the fifth starter.
You know what you’re going to get from Perez, and the Mets could probably get the same from Niese and Martinez and whatever emergency starter they throw out there. That includes the angst of uncertainty.