NY Mets Need To Get A Bullpen Improvement Loan

 

 

Greetings again from Cape Cod and a Happy 4th of July to all. I didn’t see or hear any of today’s game but from reading around so far this evening a 2-0 Mets lead fell fast as Chris Young was done in by the dreaded “third time around the lineup” and  of course a bullpen meltdown which cost Jeremy Heftner his job and gives a big opportunity to Pedro Beato.

The Mets made a couple of head scratching moves, first it seems like Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a sore hand that’s not bad enough to land on the DL but just in case, Jordany Valdespin was recalled from Buffalo at the expense of Justin Hampson. I was quite surprised that Hampson was DFA (we all know where he’ll land right? Cleveland.) the only thing I see with this move is Sandy Alderson is ready to move on either Will Ohman or Brian Fuentes, both lefties who were DFA. I’ll bank on Alderson signing Fuentes if he clears as he has late inning closer experience.

The bullpen is in dire need of repair and Alderson is well cognizant of that, which is why we’re hearing of the Mets talking about a Frankie Rodriguez reunion. I’m a bit on the fence here bringing K-Rod back but he was able to handle the late inning pressure here (the family room at Citi Field was a different story) and it wouldn’t coast much in players to get him and it is a sign that the Mets have some dough to spend as they would have to take the remaining $4mil in his contract.

So if you add Fuentes, K-Rod and maybe Houston Street or Grant Balfour that is a major renovation of you bullpen. Hey it worked for the Cardinals last year didn’t it?

For your entertainment pleasure check out the Q & A I did with Justin Klugh of the Phillies blog That Ball’s Outta Here.

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HUMMM LET”S SEE THE MASSINGALE SUMMERS EVE BOWL OR DON LARSEN’S PERFECT GAME? WHICH WOULD YOU WATCH?

For a guy who writes for a big time NYC newspaper, Bob Raissman is a clueless fuck. In his bird cage liner column yesterday he kills MLB for going online with the MLB Network on Jan 1 at 6PM:

 

{Got to wonder what the suits running the show there were thinking. The meeting probably went something like this: “Gee, let’s launch our network, with some old rerun of a baseball game, in the middle of the college bowl season and NFL playoffs. What a spectacular idea.” That’s MLB for you – brains in their bottom.

Still, you can’t argue with some of the quality voices “TBN” has hired. And “TBN” suits are talking to another insightful analyst, Lee Mazzilli, about a spot.}

First off who gives a shit about college football bowl games? Second, last time I looked the NFL plays their playoff games on SATURDAY and SUNDAY third of all you what the first program will be on the MLB Network? Don Larsen’s perfect game of 1956 World Series. The play by play was handled by Mel Allen and Vin Scully. If you think that watching some bullshit bowl game is better TV than the Larsen perfecto then maybe newspapers do need to go out of business.

By the way why in the world would MLB Network want with Boardwalk Lee? To mop floors?

Tip of the Mets cap to Craig Calcaterra at Shysterball for the link

 

Does Nate Vineyard have an injured shoulder or Alhaji Turay disease?

Mike Sliva @ NY Baseball Digest has a post on maybe Omar could grab Brian Fuentes as another back of the bullpen arm and not break the bank.

I know we live in a free society with free enterprise and thank God for that. I also know that it’s an agent’s job to get the best deal for his client but at some point doesn’t Mark Texiera look in the mirror and say “Who is that douchbag looking at me”. All things being equal how does Texiera not tell Scott Boras “look I can get by on $170 mil tell Theo yes I’m ready to sign” Even in good times this way of negotiating is scummy now that most Americans are tighting their belt can’t the Texiera/Boras tag team show just a little class?

Sorry but Tim Redding does nothing for me.

 

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COM’ON OMAR PLEASE THROW US A BONE!!!!

The movers and shakers of MLB are setting up shop in Las Vegas and hopefully there will finally be some kind of movement via free agent signings or trades as the tedious off season is killing me. I can’t read any more stories about closers and where C C will land and corner outfielders I need something of substance and hopefully something will break and and we will be all over it here at the Kranepool Society and of course with our nightly broadcast at Pro Baseball Central beginning tomorrow night at 10 PM click the link on the upper right hand corner of this page or go to Pro Baseball Central or to blogtalkradio.

 

Greg Prince and I are in the same boat so to speak as we loved K-Rod but now find ourselves leaning toward Kerry Wood.

Why trade for Jason Marquis when the free agent market is full of Jason Marquis? Good move by Minaya turning that deal with the Cubs down as he wants to use Heilman as a chip to pry Houston Street from the Rockies. The way the closer market is playing out how about if Omar were to land Fransisco Rodriguez, Houston Street and Brian Fuentes? Not only would that bring the bullpen up to championship level it’s not so far fetched that it couldn’t happen.

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OMAR MINAYA, A MAN WITH A PLAN, I THNK?

Greeting from the Catskill Mountains. Some how I got talked in to going up to hither lands for Thanksgiving Weekend and as I look out the big picture window of the lobby where it sure looks like winter and while my wife and kids go horseback riding( the last time I was on a horse was when my mother was putting dimes in the ride outside of Woolworth’s on 5 Ave in Bay Ridge) so while I have idle time I’ve read some stories on the direction the Mets are going for a closer and all I can say is I hope Omar is not the guide on the trial my family is riding on because I may never see them again.

I’m a bit cloudy on just what Omar’s strategy is when it comes to the pen. He doesn’t want to spend a lot of the Skill Sets dough on a K-Rod or Brian Fuentes and he could take out a patch up approach with Kerry Wood or Trevor Hoffman. He may trade for Bobby Jenks or Houston Street or he may just hand the job to Bobby Parnell and or Eddie Kunz. What Omar has become is the Johnny Rodz of baseball (old time wrestling fans remember The Unpredictable Johnny Rodz)

Hopefully this bullpen riddle will be clearer starting next week when the Winter Meetings kick off in Vegas.

As soon as that first snowflake fly’s I’m heading back to civilization

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING GOBBLE-GOBBLE

Just wanted to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope you are all surrounded by friends, family and food on this day. Even with the latest economic problems that we have in this country we are still blessed to be Americans and hopefully our new president will bring us the much needed change and hope we have been looking for.

Not much time to comment on the rumors such as Brian Fuentes asking for a 3yr/$30 mil deal which would be double the money per year he made last year. What did you expect as Fuentes and his agent know the Mets must sign a closer so why not shoot for the moon. Now it’s Fransisco Rodriguez turn to bid and it looks like who ever signs for less will be the Mets closer (I think Kerry Woods is the dark horse candidate here)

Interesting that the Mets supposedly turned down the Rockies bid of Houston Street for Aaron Heilman and Pedro Feliciano. Why would Omar turn this deal down if he didn’t have plans to use Heilman as a fall back pick in the rotation or if he has a bigger deal in the works? I can’t imagine that putting Felicano in the trade was a deal breaker, not when you still have Scott Schoenwies as the house LOOGY still on payroll and an other LOOGY Brian Shouse is on the free agent market to more than make up for a Feliciano departure.

Got to run as I have to travel a whole 6 blocks to my in laws for the day, got to beat that traffic.

Posting will be a bit spotty the next two or three days as my family talked me into a weekend trip to the Catskills but the laptop will be in tow so again enjoy your Thanksgiving and the weekend go get those sales!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, TO BUILD A BETTER BULLPEN

We all agree that the Mets bullpen has to be demolished and built back up. So before I detonate the TNT and blast it away to oblivion, the following relievers please step forward:

 

Pedro Feliciano

Brandon Knight

Joe Smith

 

Please leave to blasting area and enjoy your winter, See you in St. Lonesome in February.

 

The rest of you. SYA-FUCKING-NARA

 

Okay, now who do I want Omar to go after? I’m a Brian Fuentes fan and I wouldn’t mind signing him to close but he would be a fall back candidate and we all know Fuentes and K-Rod (his stock is dropping like he was listed on the Dow Jones) will not sign a dotted line until they meet with the Mets. Fuentes had a fine season and would come much cheaper than K-Rod. Fuentes had a WHIP of 1.10 (K-Rod 1.28) and his BB/K were 22/82 in 62 2/3 IP (K-Rod 34/74 BB/K in 68 IP) Fuentes has command of a fastball and slider that would look awfully good in the Mets pen.

 

The other free agent I’d go after is a no brainer Juan Cruz. Cruz size wise reminds me of former Mets reliever Tom “The Blade” Hall but pitching wise Cruz has exactly what is missing in the Mets pen that has been manned by to slop tossers, a flamethrower.

 

Another pitcher who would look handsome in Mets Blue and Orange is D-Backs reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls has fabulous size at 6’5 220 lbs and he’s a workhorse. Last year he appeared in 77 games and pitched 73 2/3 innings. His BB/K was a sterling 18/71 with a WHIP of 1.07. Qualls avoided arbitration last year by signing a 1yr/$1.3 mil deal and he could more than that triple that this year. With the D-Backs counting pennies and the Skill Sets shitting $100 bills I’m sure Omar could work his magic in a deal for the much needed Qualls.

 

Now my SLEEPER pick for this off season would take a deal to get and it might be a bit costly but I would almost (ALMOST) invoke a moratorium of my attacks on the Skill Sets if Omar could acquire Matt Capps from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Capps had 21 saves for the lowly Bucos and in 53 2/3 IP his BB/K mark is 5/39 That’s right FIVE walks in just under 54 IP add to that a WHIP of 0.97 and that Capps is 25 years old and raw boned I would do whatever is necessary to bag Capps. I’d go as far as to find a way to add LHP John Grabow in the deal I’d seriously look at putting F-Mart, Nick Evans and Luis Castillo with a book of blank checks in his pocket from the Skill Sets account   which the Pirates could use to pay Gimp every two weeks You could sweet talk the Bucs into adding a another prospect, you know be creative I’m sure Omar and Neal Huntington can work something out.

 

I’m happy with the re-sign of Fernando Tatis and I’m sure we could all live with a  Murphy/Tatis LF platoon. The bench needs strengthen and versaliliaty so Omar needs to land either Willie Bloomquist (my choice) Jerry Hairston Jr. or Felipe Lopez to the every man on the bench.

 

Yes I want a new number catcher and you all know of my crush on Pierzynski but I’ll say this as well; as great as he was in the second half last year I will be disappointed if Carlos Delgado is the opening day first baseman. He proved us all wrong last year but he needs to go. It’s not personnel it’s business. As great as Delgado was I still look at him as a “Me” guy and not a “We” guy and if D-Wright is going to become the leader if this franchise and its face then 2009 is the place to start. It seems that Delgado is the voice in that clubhouse, a clubhouse that gagged two years in a row so if Omar, Tony B, J-Man and Jeffey want to get peoples attention then they need to ship Delgado out pronto.

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