The Wright Move

Even the self-hating Mets fans are happy today. Happy that David Wright will be a Met for the next 8 seasons and beyond taking the reins from Tom Seaver as the Mets Ambassador of Goodwill   . If you want to bitch and moan about length of contract or the amount of money that’s your prerogative, but for me today is to sit back and smile and enjoy that Wright will continue his career as a Met and hopefully more moves will be made to get this team back into the post season.

So far Sandy Alderson has rid the club of the albatross that was Jason Bay (the Alderson bashers never mention that he has had no problem getting ownership to cut all the deadwood he has inherited ) and re-signed Wright and seems he’s also on the verge of finalizing a deal with R.A. Dickey. For some, his moves aren’t coming fast enough but it looks as if his plan is in motion. Hopefully we will hear more news out of Nashville next week with either the Mets landing a catcher and power hitting outfielder or at least laying the ground work to obtain those two vital pieces for the team.  

Alderson’s work is far from done as positive as it is to have Wright signed long term, he still needs to be protected in the lineup to be effective and I’m sure Alderson knows that and has sat with Wright to explain what he is working on doing to bring that to fruition.  Sure Wright took the money and security but I’m sure if he didn’t hear a positive outlook from the Mets GM he wouldn’t have signed this deal so quickly.  

By the way, I have to tip my Mets cap to Ed Coleman who broke this story early this morning. I’ve been a critic of Coleman’s but I have to give credit where it’s due.

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CAN THE METS AT LEAST RUN A PROFESSIONAL SPRING TRAINING CAMP ?

Loss in all the Beltran minutia is the fact that the Mets are going to need a centerfield for the first three months of the season, and the pickin’s are slim.

I don’t know how some folks have come to the conclusion that Angel Pagan is the centerfielder understudy for Carlos Beltan. What has Angel Pagan done in his career that allows this position to be handed to him this spring? I don’t dislike Pagan, I think he’s a good backup, his baseball I.Q. sucks but he is a good 4th OF’er. The big knock I have on him is he’s a journeyman with injury issues and quite frankly he has not earned a permanent spot in the starting 8.

When you look at the Mets today January 17, the only positions that should be givens are 3B, SS, LF, RF, Ace pitcher and closer. Everyother position should be open competition (throw Perpetual Pedro in the lock column as well)

To that issue, where is the manger of the Mets, the Gangsta’? I wrote a few weeks ago that I felt he should have been at the Jason Bay unveiling and now with Beltran out we haven’t heard from him again. Of all the imbeciles in the Mets organization, the one guy I want to hear from has clamed up. Maybe Jerry Manuel has to get permission from the head beer vendor, the ladies room matron in the Acela Club and then Jay Horowitz before he can speak about his team? If  I were Jerry Manuel and I know I’ll most likely be out of a job but Memorial Day, instead of being a Gansta’ I’d be going all Conan O’Brian on the Mets ass’

I need for Jerry Manuel to come out and say that if Angel Pagan thinks he’s the CF’er he is sorely mistaken. I need for Jerry Manuel to say that the 2nd base job is wide open and the amount of money you make does not influence who plays. I’d make it know to every right handed hitter coming into camp that you would be doing yourself a favor by brining a 1st baseman’ glove with you to spring training. I’d also let it be known that a team that has two collapses and season of indifferent play better be ready to come to work early and stay late. You don’t want to be the first guy clocking out of a spring workout.

But then again this would only happen to a team that is committed to winning. As it stands now I feel that Jerry Manuel is Art Howe with a sense of humor and all the Mets organization cares about is that you renew your Sunday ticket plan.

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Clueless In Flushing

Oh boy lot’s of stuff to ponder today so let’s have at it:

METS SIGN ALEX CORA AND  CHRIS COSTE

Alex Cora is what he is, a backup infielder who most people around the Mets claim is a positive influence in the clubhouse and a manager in waiting. One more name to add to the “who will succeed Jerry Manuel by Memorial Day” list. What I can’t get through my thick skull is the amount of money and contract he received, 1yr with an option for 2011 and $2mil. Now 2 mil to the Mets is nothing but what I don’t get and the thing that makes my blood boil about this idiotic operation is, they never go over slot on a draft pick but they will overspend for JAG’s (Just Another Guy) and with all his leadership and his ability to play hurt last year Cora is a first class JAG and they come much cheaper than 2 mi. This is a typical Mets move. The Mets front office is as clueless when it comes to spending money on players as trailer park white trash hitting Mega Millions. At least the trailer park trash spends their fortune on malt liquor and cigarettes.

I read Chris Coste’ book and even though he had the stink of Philadelphia all over him, I admired his hard work and perseverance in making the big leagues. When I heard last night that he had signed with the Mets, again even with that Phillies stink all over him, I looked past that and thought, well he’s hard working vet who not only can catch but play some 1st and 3rd base and would be a great help to Josh Thole, but then Coste made a major blunder and inserted his foot and shin guard in his mouth:

Of all teams to come calling, Coste wasn’t expecting to sign a free-agent deal with the hated New York Mets. But that’s just what he did on Monday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year split deal.

“It was the Mets,” Coste told CSN. “It’s the last team I ever saw myself playing for. I knew I was going to accept it, but had to think about it for a few days.”

“I will always be a Phillie,” Coste told CSN this evening.

It it wasn’t my choice to leave Philly,” Coste said. “I never wanted to leave Philadelphia, I will always consider myself a Phillie.”

Are you kidding me? Wait let me rephrase that, Are you FUCKING kidding me?  If this doesn’t prove how clueless Mets management is it’s this signing. It’s bad enough that Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard have big mouths, in a way I can accept that as they are big time players, but when a bush leaguer comes out with this bullshit…Are you FUCKING kidding me? If the Mets don’t void this broken down busher’s contract after that…………..well……..ahhhhh who am I kidding there isn’t a pair balls in the whole organization.

CATCHER KELLY SHOPPACH TRADED TO TAMPA

Shoppach had a sub-par season in 2009 but was fantastic in 2008 and is a strong defensive catcher and is 30 years old. So of course the Mets had no interest. If he forged a birth certificate to show he was 38 years old and born is Santo Domingo, he’d be a Met today.

ROYALS DO NOT OFFER ARBITRATION TO CATCHER MIGUEL OLIVO

(Me outside $iti Field) HEY JEFFEY!!!! I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE. WAKE UP GOD DAMIT!!!! OLIVO IS AVAILABLE REMEMBER HIM? HE WAS READY TO KICK JOSE REYES’ ASS BACK IN ’07. HE HITS WITH POWER AND HIS VERY GOOD BEHIND THE PLAT AND HE’S DOMINICAN!!!!!! SURE HE’S ONLY 30 AND I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE OLDER MEN BUT HE’S DEFENITLY WORTH GOING AFTER. JEFFEY HEY…………….TELL THESE GUYS TO GET THER HANDS OFF ME…………….HEY…………..JEFFFEY…………..ALLRIGHT……….I’M GOING………I’M GOING…………

PALACIDO POLANCO NOT OFFER ARBITRATION BY TIGERS

Let’s see Polanco is a terrific fielder with great range at 2nd base. He hits doubles and has some pop in his bat. Won a  two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger and he’s DOMINICAN!!!! Ah but do we do with Rogers Castillo?

METS HIRE WAYNE KRIVSKY

I agree with Joe Janish, this could be the dark horse signing of the off season.

BRIAN SCHNEIDER SIGNS WITH PHUCK FACES

I don’t think Schneider will be quoted saying “I’ll always be a Met” but you know he’ll go 4 for 4 the first time he plays against the Mets. So anyone still think the Lastings Milledge for Scheider and Ryan Church was a win for the Mets?

STEP RIGHT UP AND SEE US SUCK AT PREMIUM PRICES

Metsgrrl has received her invoice for her Mets season tickets and it’s safe to say she is not a happy consumer but then again when it comes to customer relations the Mets make the Dept of  Motor of Motor Vehicles look like the happiest place on Earth.  I’m holding out hope that there will be more 97 cents days at $iti in 2010

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HEY BIG SPENDER, SPEND A LITTLE DIME ON SOME DRAFT PICKS

The Skill Sets went over the slot to sign LHP Steve Matz. YOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAYYYYYY

The Skill Sets spent the least amount of money on this years draft picks. UUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH

If that doesn’t some up the Skill Sets Era it’s those two sentences. Just when you think their potty trained, they shit their pants.

An excellent post on the state of the Mets minors and the lack of aggressiveness can be found here at Productive Outs and Cracker Jacks.

Our only hope is, from all accounts, John Ricco is a sharp dude, maybe he can get through to Jeffey that the draft and farm system are the life blood of a sports organization. Maybe he could put together a flash card presentation showing how the  Rays or the Angels have built pennant contenders.

Or better yet, if Ricco can pursued Jeffey to do what he does best and cash his pay check from his daddy’s real esate business the better for the world of Blue and Orange

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