ORDONEZ: Traded on this date.
Shortstop Rey Ordonez is traded to Tampa Bay for two minor league prospects. Ordonez had a love-hate relationship with Mets’ fans. He once called them stupid. Not a nice thing to say.
I remember this guy was slick with the glove, but I didn’t cover him on a daily basis so I never got the chance to get to know him. For those who saw him regularly, any moments that stick out?
CHURCH: Arbitration case.
The following Mets were tendered contracts and will go through the arbitration process:
1. Ryan Church (30): Hit .276 with 12 homers, but was ineffective after sustaining a concussion in late May. He’s the projected right fielder.
2. John Maine (27): Season was cut short with shoulder injury that required surgery. Reports have him ready for spring training He’s the projected third starter.
3. Pedro Feliciano (32): Is the primary situational lefty following the trade of Scott Schoeneweis to Arizona.
4. Duaner Sanchez (29): Had problems coming back from two shoulder surgeries. Acquisition of J.J. Putz takes off the pressure. Was pitching brilliantly before injured in 2006.
5. Jeremy Reed (27): Acquired in 12-player deal this week. Is expected to assume departed Endy Chavez’s role.
These players can file from Jan. 5-15. The Mets have to exchange their salary offer by Jan. 19. The hearings are from Feb. 1-21.
This just in: The Mets have traded Scott Schoeneweis to Arizona for right hander Connor Robertson. Robertson was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA with the Diamondbacks.
Schoeneweis never felt the love from Shea fans, who took it out on him for getting the three-year contract Chad Bradford should’ve gotten.
It also didn’t help that he pitched poorly,
Let’s face it, the Mets have done most of their important heavy lifting. But, there’s still work to be done. OK, you’ve got one more move to make. Who is it? Oliver Perez, which seems to be the consensus, or somebody else?
Ben Sheets? Andy Pettitte? Brad Penny?
Or, do you splurge on a hitter?
You can add one, so realistically who is it?
PUTZ: Perfect bridge to Rodriguez.
We’ve talked about it all along, that the closer means little if he’s on the other end of a rickety bridge. The Mets have solidified their bullpen with the addition of Francisco Rodriguez and JJ Putz. The Putz deal will be announced this afternoon.
Here’s how the 12-player, three-way deal with Seattle and Cleveland shakes out:
Coming to the Mets:
From Seattle – J.J. Putz, Sean Green.
From Cleveland – OF Jeremy Reed
Coming to Seattle -
From Mets – Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera
Jason Vargas, Mike Carp
From Cleveland – Franklin Gutierrez
Coming to Cleveland -
From Mets – Joe Smith
From Seattle – Luis Valbuena