Quiet last night on the West Coast. I’ll keep posting the Moon thread and hopefully we can do a Pacific Chat Room.
My thoughts on some of the comments raised on the overnight:
-Castillo was never healthy all year, but the times he did play his attitude was suspect. A healthy and motivated Castillo? Well, it could happen. He played well in spurts in 2007. The Mets would like to deal Castillo, but if that doesn’t happen, I don’t see them cutting him and paying him his entire contract. The Mets don’t work that way.
-To me, Perez is one whom I would worry about being too complacent with a big contract. I have no basis to say that other than a gut feeling.
One more thing, if you haven’t already, scroll down a couple of threads to the one about your favorite uplifting song.
Have a lot of work to do. It seems like the letters I need to get out are piling up. Plan on knocking them off tonight while watching the Dodgers and Philly. If you’re watching and want to throw in your two cents, I’ll be around.
Good morning all. Logged on this morning and saw a lot of responses from out West. A lot of good reading with my cereal. Let’s get to it:
-KEVIN: The lead domino is getting rid of Castillo. If that happens, Murphy can play second. The AFL was to get him ready. If they can’t deal Castillo, then I presume Murphy goes back in left. Omar Minaya did say they’d pick up Delgado’s option. I don’t think they’ll trade him, but don’t forget, the Mets did not have a viable back-up to Delgado. That could be Murphy this year.
-SCOTT: The rules: The FA filing period begins the day after the World Series and lasts for 15 days. This is the window in which FA can negotiate only with their teams. … On the 16th day, FA can negotiate with other teams. … Teams can talk trade at any time.
-PAUL: I’m not for trading Murphy, but I will give you this: His value is high right now.
-HARRY: Agreed. Make pitching their first, second and third priorities. … Murphy played real well in left considering it was new for him.-JD
Jerry Manuel wants three years to manage the Mets. The club is offering two. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those compromises where they can meet at 2 1/2 years.
Two years seems low and suggests maybe the Wilpons aren’t sold on him. However, the flip side is there are few managerial positions available so Manuel ought to think twice about playing hardball. If the Mets will spend to improve as they say, and Manuel is as good as he believes, then winning will take care of itself.
And, if they win, Manuel’s next contract will be more in line.