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
MARTINEZ: Mets have to call the shots.
If the Mets want Pedro Martinez back, it has to be on their terms, not those of the temperamental pitcher. Martinez, who at 37 has far more yesterdays than tomorrows on his resume, told ESPNdeportes he wants another year with the Mets.
The Mets have an interest, however, as with all things Martinez, it’s never that easy.
“I’ve said it previously, and I have said to my agents, that they do not speak to me of contracts until January,” said Martinez, who is hardly in a position to dictate terms based on his 5-6 record with a 5.61 ERA in 20 starts (caused by injuries and missing time due to the death of his father).
Martinez called all the shots last year in his rehab, and did a lot of training away from the club. Who knows? Had he rehabbed under the Mets’ supervision might he have been better off?
Martinez is also undecided about the World Baseball Classic. He wants to participate, but is this really in the best interest of the team that signs him? With one year left, wouldn’t he be better off with a full spring training?