Oliver Perez closed mini-camp with a strong side session and said he’s comfortable with his mechanics. Pitching coach Dan Warthen is trying to get him to make a longer stride with his lead leg which will help him drive toward the plate. Theoretically, that’s supposed to help with his control. But, I’ve lost track of all of Perez’s mechanical adjustments designed to help his command. We shall see.
* All indications are the Mets are about to bring back Fernando Tatis. For a role player, Tatis has done pretty good for himself as he’s about to get his third year in the majors after leaving the game. Tatis’ primary asset is his versatility that enables him to play the infield and outfield corners and second base in a pinch. Tatis will be used primarily to platoon with Daniel Murphy at first base.
* John Smoltz said he’s interested in signing with the Mets. He’s being recruited by former Braves teammate Jeff Francoeur.
* Manager Jerry Manuel said Bobby Parnell won’t compete for the fifth starter job in spring training but to compete for the set-up role. Kelvim Escobar is also a candidate for that job. Of course, if Smoltz were signed for the bullpen it would bump everybody down a notch.
While the Mets are waiting to improve their pitching, it wouldn’t hurt to take a diversion and continue to add to their bench. There’s still a matter of the Daniel Murphy platoon at first base.
With Carlos Delgado not showing in winter ball he’s capable of the defensive end of it, why not go with Ryan Garko at first over Fernando Tatis?
Garko hit a combined .268 with 13 homers and 51 RBI last season for Cleveland and San Francisco. Tatis, who has been serviceable the last two seasons with the Mets, doesn’t have that power. Instead, he’ll be remembered for grounding into 13 double plays last year.
Garko won’t come at a high price, has some pop and plays first base by trade. I’d go with him over Tatis.
The more I read and the more I hear, the Mets and Carlos Delgado are about to hook up again. The Mets are scouting Delgado and will look at him again this weekend in Puerto Rico.
Delgado posted good numbers in 2008 and was hitting well before he was injured last year. He’s an injury risk, but if the Mets believe they can be competitive it’s worth a shot to sign him to an incentive-laden deal. But, are they competitive?
If they like what they see, they could wrap things up quickly. Still, I believe their attention is better spent on pitching. There are too many questions in the rotation that can’t be willed away. They could score a pile of runs this year, but give up mountain, also.
Delgado is a better fit in the AL as a DH, or with a team that is a contender. I just don’t believe the Mets are a good fit. If healthy, Delgado will add some offense, but not enough to put them over the top.
I’m content with the Mets moving on and seeing what Daniel Murphy can do.