Sorry for the late post. It was a planes, trains and automobile travel day today to Indianapolis, which apparently turns into a ghost town when the Colts play. Nobody at the airport and the streets are empty.
To catch up on some Mets notes, there is a report they are interested in Josh Willingham, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Not the greatest of acquisitions, but certainly a better option in left than Angel Pagan.
Oh, yeah, one more thing … can we forget about the Mets dealing Luis Castillo. Of course, they’d like to move him, but his salary, age, injury history and the fact last season might have been a fluke, all of which add up to conspire against a deal being made.
Would you trade for a player with those strikes against him? I wouldn’t, either.
Usually in the days prior to the winter meetings I usually get a feel for what the Mets might do. Not this year. There’s no such feeling. No such premonition. The name I keep hearing most is Bengie Molina and that does nothing for me. Zip, zero, nada.
The Mets’ biggest priority is pitching, but I hear them linked to nobody, much less anybody dynamic. The Mets are either keeping their cards unusually close to the vest or don’t have much of a concrete plan in action.
Care to guess which one it is?
I’ve put up a new poll on what the Mets should do with their catching situation. It seems to me that all the options include Henry Blanco at the major league level.
Vote and post your thoughts here.
ON DECK: Minor league rankings.
This is one of those times when I must ask you to contain yourselves. The Mets signed backup catchers Henry Blanco and Chris Coste to one-year deals yesterday. Kind of makes you feel warm all over, doesn’t it?
MOLINA: The one they want.
Neither are expected to platoon with Omir Santos next year, as the Mets are still eyeing free-agent Bengie Molina
, or are willing to make a trade for a No. 1. Josh Thole and Santos are expected to platoon in Triple-A. Lifetime Phillies fan Chris Coste could also see Buffalo.
The 35-year-old Molina, who hit 20 homers last year for San Francisco, is seeking a multi-year deal, while the Mets are more inclined to offer one year. With the demand for catching not strong, and the teams seeking them aren’t big spenders (Kansas City, Milwaukee and San Diego), Molina might fall back to the Mets.
If not, I’d pass on Molina as there’s no reason to get stuck on a multi-year deal for a catcher of his age.
In 1974, the Mets dealt reliever Tug McGraw to the Phillies in a six-player trade. Don Hahn and Dave Schneck also went to Philadelphia, and the Mets received Del Unser‚ John Stearns‚ and Mac Scarce.
Kind of think the Phillies might have won that deal.