I still don’t know what to make of the sslllllllllowwwwwww cooking hot stove but all this idle time has me making up deals in my head. Some of course are ridiculous like how about Aaron Heilman for Luis Puljos? Or Gimp Castillo and prospects for Roy Halliday (I came up with those after I ate some odd looking mushrooms) but one I came up could fly at least in my simple mind:


Gimp Castillo, Aaron Heilman, Brian Schneider a prospect and money (half of Castillo’s ill gotten gains) to the San Fransisco Giants for Bengi Molina and Randy Winn. The Giants get a second baseman for half price, plus a back end of rotation pitcher in Heilman and choice of a B level prospect (from a list the Mets provide) and they get relived of close to $15 mil in salary relief.  The Mets get a big upgrade at catcher plus a switch hitting bat for RF which in turn makes Ryan Church a bargaining chip for pitching.


Go ahead and flame away!


Saw these pics on Dom’ D’s Mets info laden site of Bailout Park. There is one shot of the bullpen that I hope is still under construction because I don’t see the Kevlar roof that will be needed to protect the relievers from the angry mob of Mets fans.


Mike Silva has a great post on his site on the 2nd base black hole and the lack of leadership that is needed on the Mets. When we think of leaders we always go with fiery types like guys Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter but sometimes leaders are guys like Eli Manning who is far from being a spitfire in the personality department but he has stepped up and become the leader of the New York Football Giants by stepping up his game and remaining clam when tough and tense times occur. It also helped him immensely that two of his biggest critics and the biggest wash women on the team Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey were gone from the team and in turn Manning flourished. That’s why I would have loved to see Omar deal off Carlos Delgado to get not only max return off his stellar half season but them maybe David Wright would feel more comfortable to exert his leadership to the team. There is a part of that feels a team with mostly younger players would be more beneficial to the Mets winning than having older players. Maybe it’s still the hangover from the Famous Rays season but I like watching young guys bust their ass day after day than old ones drag their saggy butts around all season.


The Angels look like they are gearing up to offer C C Sabathia a Johan Santana like contract. I really don’t care where Sabathia goes but as long as he doesn’t end up in the Bronx just watching Mike Francesa look like more of a horse’s ass than usual will be a great holiday gift.


How come no one talks about Nick Evans? Talk about a forgotten man. Another reason why I’d move Delgado as a platoon of Dan Murphy and Evans at first would be more than adequate and then if the Mets made my Giants deal you could keep Church and Winn together with Endy Chavez and Fernando Tatis leading a strong bench (Omar go get Willie Bloomquist please)


Check out Toby Hyde’s Mets Minor League Blog as he has a post on Tigers catcher James Skelton who could be available as a Rule 5 draftee. Skelton is very slight in built especially for a catcher (5’11” 165lbs) but he has a good batting eye and could be converted to a 2nd baseman a la Craig Biggio. It never ceases to amaze me how progressive thinking the Mets bloggers are compared to the organization which sometimes is stuck in the old time baseball mentality.


Do you think the message has sunk in to the Mets brain trust’ heads that there is no way on earth Mets fans want to see Gimp Castillo at 2nd base on opening day 2009?




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  1. The Stove is slow:

    Then again, Jeffy is the Master Chef

  2. Well Played Michael

  3. the illustrious jeffy, methinks, is up to another plot;

    he might just want acta. a little too badly. at any cost, thinking that METS FANS will fall for all his bs;


  4. George Costanza would make a better owner than JEFFY.

  5. Leadership? C’mon, people only declare someone a good leader after his team wins something. Look at Eli – he wins the Super Bowl all of a sudden he’s a great leader.

    This is definitely NOT something the Mets or Omar should be concerned with. Go out and get great players – that’s how you win ballgames. Leadership is an intangible that people like to throw around on talk radio because it’s more fun to say David Wright is a poor leader than it is to say the bullpen sucks.

    Is a lack of leadership why Luis Ayala gave up a 3-run homer to Greg Norton? Why Billy Wagner blew 3 saves in a week? Why Scott Schoeneweis gave up a HR on Sept. 28? Why Aaron Heilman gave up a ton of big longballs this year? C’mon now.

  6. James K you are a little lost so let me help you find your way. The quick and dirty explaination on why the Mets did not make the post season is of course in the inabilty of the pen to step up. There is also a lack of soild veteran leadership to pass the torch to Wright and Reyes. The loss of Cliff Floyd has been sorely under reported as he led by takng Wright under his wing and showed him the ropes. HOJO is using his role as a coach and mentor to help Wright take charge of this team as Wright is the face of the team as Eli is of the Giants and if you don’t think Eli isn’t the face of the GIants then you must be a COwgirls fan

  7. Eddie K,

    I’m all for this “face of the franchise” stuff – but don’t confuse it with on-field ability or wins.

    I’ll concede that maybe this “leadership” cost the Mets a win or 2 this season. But the bullpen cost them 10 times that amount. “Leadership” and “chemistry” are not definitive qualities in a ballplayer or team – they just happen. OBP, SLG, OPS, K/BB – these are definitive quantifiable things a GM should look for in a ballplayer. I’ll take the guy who goes .300/.400/.500 and is a sullen d*ck in the clubhouse over David Eckstein any day.

    Keep up the good work, it’s required daily reading. Regards.

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