Joel Pineiro wanted four years and $40 million. He got two years and $16 million, numbers the Mets easily could have matched. But, they didn’t, and I don’t even know how serious they were about getting him.
And, with spring training inside a month away, it doesn’t appear they were that serious about improving their rotation.
Pineiro is a shade over .500 for his career, so it’s not as if they are losing an ace. But, he was coming off a good year and has been consistent, something the rotation could use.
It sounds like the usual group of suspects for the Mets this year. I can hardly contain myself.
It’s been the Mets’ refrain for awhile now: “We’ll be all right once we get our healthy players back.”
REYES: Will we see his speed this summer?
The catch, however, is a complete return to health and production.
Yesterday, Jose Reyes, who tore the hamstring tendon in his right leg last summer, said he expects to be 100 percent by spring training.
“The doctors said I am supposed to be the same Jose Reyes, I should be 100 percent, I should recover my speed,” said Reyes. “I don’t know if I will recover it right away, but I am working for that. When I am healthy, I will be able to do the things I did before.”
He should be 100 percent, he should regain his speed. I’ve heard more forceful statements. “I don’t know if I will recover (my speed) right away.” Sounds ominous.
Burgos: Jailed and awaiting trial. Denies anything happened.
Ambiorix Burgos is to be jailed for three months while awaiting trial for a hit-and-run accident that killed two women in the Dominican Republic. Burgos told the Dominican AP he was ordered jailed out of concerns for his safety. That sounds odd to me. I thought it was because he was a flight risk. He did take a week to turn himself in.
Said Burgos: “I am going to come out of this fine because my conscience is clear, and I’m not worried this will affect my career because I haven’t done anything.”
Burgos has an Oct. 23 court date in New York for assaulting his girl friend that he said he’ll attend. Burgos didn’t say when he’ll start throwing off the mound.