WILL OP SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE?

If we are to believe Jon Heyman the signing of Oliver Perez back to the Mets is eminent. If Omar goes over anything more than a 4yr/$42mil deal for OP he’s out of his mind. At this point I’d rather take a chance with Ben Sheets with a 2yr/$20 mil deal with incentives than give a big deal to OP, but it does seem like it’s Ollie to the Mets and that makes the rotation look like this:

 

Santana

Maine

Perez

Pelfrey

Garcia/Redding/Neise/Petey?

 

Take a look at this post by Dan Graziano’ on his NY Baseball Hack site as he lays out the question marks that make up this starting rotation. The only three that are durable are Santana, OP, and Tim Redding. Maine coming off surgery to remove a cyst on his shoulder tends to get fatigued and Big Pelf is still a blooming pitcher that for some reason, even though he is a big strapping young fellow Mets followers treat him like Grandmas Wedgworth china. I listed the Chief first in the 5th starters spot because I’m a big Freddy Garcia fan and I’ll be rooting my ass off for him this spring to make the big club. Redding could be the missing Darren Oliver link that hasn’t been discussed as much as it should have been and John Neise will be on the Buffalo/Flushing shuttle. That leaves Petey and there is a remote possibility that the Mets bring him back. 

 

Am I a little more optimistic than I was on Thursday night about the Mets chances? Maybe a little but those Marlins are still dancing in my head as the team that will give the Mets and Phillies fits all season.

 

As someone who is left handed, I always say you can never be to thin, to rich or to lefty and it seems Omar Minaya feel the same way  as he has signed Rob Mackowiak to a minor league deal. I love this signing by the Mets as Mackowiak is the definition of a super-sub as he plays just about every position on the field except pitcher. Think Super Joe McEwing but with talent.

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  1. Freddy Garcia is insurance!
    This comes in two forms.
    1. It is insurance in case the Mets are unable to sign either Ben Sheets (my preferance)or Oliver Perez.
    2. He is insurance for when one of the starters breaks down. Sooner or later, one or more of the Mets starting pitcher is going to be on the DL. It happens every year to most teams. Freddy Garcia is the Mets first call-up. In 2008, the Mets went through a long list trying to fill in for pitchers on the DL with little success.

    Write in Tim Redding as the fifth starter, Freddy Garcia as the sixth starter, and Brian Stokes as the long man in the bullpen.

  2. You used the wrong word. I think you meant “imminent” and not “eminent.” Eminent is close to the meaning of “prominent” and “imminent” means about to happen.

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