We are so starved for Mets news that a deal for a backup shortstop for a 27 year old minor leaguer is being critiqued like the David Cone for Ed Hearn deal.
That’s not to say it’s not a deal to discuss. By acquiring shortstop Chin-lung Hu from the Dodgers for LHP Mike Antonini it solidifies Sandy Alderson’ statement that Ruben Tejada will be the everyday short stop in Buffalo in 2011 and that’s a good thing. It also says there will be some competition for bench positions come spring in training camp.
Hu has shown a good bat in Triple A but his minor league offense has not translated well in the big leagues. If anything he’s known for his glove at short and the Mets have not had a true backup at shortstop so this is a positive as well.
Hu has played some second base but if he makes the team it will be as Jose Reyes understudy.