There have been years the Mets did most of their heavy lifting before the Winter Meetings. This isn’t one of them. We’ve been hearing since the end of the season that they’re going back-and-forth on Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes.
One closer won’t do it.
The starter we’ve been hearing the most about is Derek Lowe, but he will cost more than what they expected.
They will keep Carlos Delgado, so let’s forget about that. Left-field, for now, is a platoon of Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis. I suppose you don’t want to hear this, but second base is going to be Luis Castillo. I know, I know ….
PHOTO: Bill Menzel
Spent a good part of this brisk afternoon touring Citi Field, but the memory of the day was to peak inside to see the dismantling of Shea Stadium. Most of the seats are out. Headed to rec rooms throughout the tri-state area, no doubt.
There’s rubble throughout, with a patch of green in what used to be short left field. The action montage that lined the facing the loge level is all but gone. There is one word, “Believe,” from the montage that remains, and a Subway Ad in the right field corner.
The grass has been in Citi Field for a couple of weeks now, and you can tell this will be a magnificent place to watch the game. You’re right on top of things.
Two things the Mets promised you can plainly see. That would be the leg room between the seats and room in the concourses.
Please join me for a Mets Chat Room tonight at 7 p.m., where we can get a head start on the Winter Meetings. Last year, you’ll recall, the Mets did precious little early, then when the pieces settled jumped on Johan Santana.
Maybe this year it will be the same.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
I’ll be spending much of the day at Citi Field for a tour of the new park. I should have some photos for you.
Since most of the Mets’ 29 blown saves came before getting to the closer, I have to wonder which is more important, getting two viable arms for the set-up roles or a closer.
I don’t think Francisco Rodriguez, for the asking price that’s been noted, is worth it. The Mets aren’t salivating for K-Rod or Brian Fuentes,for that matter, the way they did Billy Wagner, yet both could end up getting as much as Wagner if the reported prices are true.
I believe a closer is important, but I think the bridge is more important. Why? Because three innings are more significant than three. I would feel better about the Mets’ bullpen if they were settled in the seventh and eighth innings, but had a question in the ninth, instead of a closer in the ninth but a paper mache bridge.
The Mets aren’t about to do any heavy lifting with their wallets today. Even if they wanted to, they wouldn’t be able to talk with the agent for closer Francisco Rodriguez. Paul Kinzer said he won’t start any heavy discussions until the winter meetings open in Las Vegas, Dec. 8.
“I’ll probably see the Mets at the winter meetings,” Kinzer said. “I don’t have anything else planned.”
The Mets have said they won’t overpay for a closer and the original speculated asking price for Rodriguez, $75-million over five years, is expected to drop. It will be interesting how high the Mets are willing to go.
There have been two significant FA signings, and both should be of interest to the Mets.
All-Star Ryan Dempster stayed with the Cubs for a $52 million, four-year contract, which could have a bearing on Oliver Perez’s deal. And lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt signed a an $8 million, two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. For those thinking about the bullpen bridge to a closer, that should be an indicator.