Nov 10

Why trade Castillo?

I find it amusing some people still believe the Mets would, should or could trade Luis Castillo.

CASTILLO: Two more years.

CASTILLO: Two more years.


After a dreadful 2008 season in which injuries limited him to 87 games and a .245 average, Castillo showed up to spring training 17 pounds lighter, and except a brief stumble down the dugout steps, was healthy for much of a rebound season in which he hit .302 with a .387 on-base percentage.

Q: So why trade him?

A: The Mets are fearful last season might be a fluke, that at 34 he might have had his encore. The Mets are wondering if his knees will give out again and that he’s always on the edge of the DL. There’s also concern about his shrinking defensive range, and the frequency of lapses when he does reach a ball. The Mets also would like to shed themselves of the remaining $12 million left on his contract over the next two seasons.

Sure, the Mets would love to get out from under his contract and not be around for his fall.

The only problem, is that for the same reasons the Mets should deal Castillo are the same reasons no team wants to trade for him.

Nov 10

Minaya faces rough road ahead ….

Mets general manager Omar Minaya faces a daunting task in rebuilding the Mets, and let’s face it, tweaking will not get it done.

MINAYA: Looks perplexed.

MINAYA: Looks perplexed.


“Some years are better than others. I think we have to find a way to slug more,” said Minaya in defining the market and one of his team’s needs.

Signing a guy like Matt Holliday or John Lackey won’t get it done. Signing both won’t get it done, either.

For the Mets to become the team they have promised they will be, there’s tweaking in some areas, hoping in a few more, and throwing money at several others in what has been described as a less-than-stellar free-agent market.
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Nov 09

Why not Ankiel?

I was scanning over the list of free-agent outfielders in trying to find alternatives to the pricey Matt Holliday and Jason Bay, left fielders I’m confident won’t see Citi Field this summer in the home whites. With so many other things on their list, I don’t see them paying in the estimated range of $70 million for Bay and $96 million for Holliday, numbers which have already been reported.

ANKIEL: Let's not forget about him.

ANKIEL: Let's not forget about him.


My eyes stopped at Rick Ankiel. This guy, although injured last season after slamming into a wall, can play. He can hit, hit for power and play defense. And, he might have the best outfield arm in the majors.

Best of all, he’s not going to break the bank.

A great center fielder, sure but what about Beltran? Perhaps, with Beltran’s aching knees, this might be the time to switch him to left. Or, Ankiel can play left until it is time. Or, maybe move him to right and Jeff Francoeur to left.

Ankiel represents a different alternative to the Mets. He’s productive, although not big ticket. He’s also not a broken down, expensive veteran hanging on like Gary Sheffield. The guy can play and the Mets have too few of those types of players.

Nov 08

Loose Threads ….

I don’t know why, but I stopped posting this thread. Bad idea on my part, but in conjunction with the blog makeover, I’m bringing it back.

I realize there are times you might have something to say that doesn’t pertain to a recent post. You’ll come here, look around, and if you don’t see something you like, you’ll move on.

I don’t want you to do that. I want you to think of this as your blog, so I want you to post what you want.

If there’s something on your mind, and it could be the NFL, the Knicks, the Rangers, or in Annie Savoy’s case, horse racing, then go for it.

Re-designing the blog will take some time, especially for somebody as computer savvy as me. Again, if there are ideas of things, or features, or graphic presentations you’d like to see, please speak up.

Thanks, JD.