Carlos Delgado will sit out tonight’s game against Florida with a sore hip, and Jerry Manuel said he’ll sit tomorrow, also. It’s obvious he wants him fresh for this weekend in Philly.
Also sitting will be second baseman Luis Castillo with back spasms. No word on if he’ll play tomorrow.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Jose Reyes, SS
Alex Cora, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Livan Hernandez, P
Marlon Anderson has a contract. Nick Evans has options. The final roster spot could come down to these two.
Anderson didn’t produce last year, but has in the past as a pinch-hitter. The Mets already have a second base backup in Alex Cora, so Anderson is really redundant.
Evans gives the Mets some right-handed power and has played better this spring. He’s also not the defensive liability some people think. Plus he gives the Mets a better first-base back-up option.
Should the Mets take the past of least resistance and option Evans to keep Anderson or will they refuse to eat the latter’s contract?
Alex Cora is finally official, being announced to a one-year, $2 million deal by the Mets. The veteran infielder, 33, can play any where in the infield save catcher.
Cora will give manager Jerry Manuel a quality rest for David Wright and Jose Reyes. I know what most of you are thinking: He’ll most likely spend a lot of time at second base.
Cora hit .270 last year at Boston, so he’s not automatic out.
Said GM Omar Minaya: “You win championships with a 25-man roster.”
WEEI Radio in Boston reported Red Sox utility infielder Alex Cora is close to signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mets.
In 75 games, Cora, 33, hit .270 with a .371 OBP, while playing second base and shortstop. The .245 career hitter has also played left field, third base and first.
REDDING: Deal in place for fifth starter.
The Mets have a deal in principle (one year, $2.25 million) with Tim Redding. The signing will be announced pending a physical, perhaps today or tomorrow. Redding, 30, was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA last season with Washington.
He’ll be slotted in as the fifth starter, but would move up to fourth if the Mets aren’t able to sign either Derek Lowe or Oliver Perez. He didn’t have a great record, but the Mets figure it should improve with their offense.
The signing gives the Mets depth in the rotation and allows another year of development for Jon Niese and Robert Parnell.
The Mets aren’t done as they figure to come away with either Lowe or Perez to round out their rotation.
They are also talking with infielder Alex Cora.