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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TENDER OR NON-TENDER, THAT IS THE QUESTION ?

As we await the non-tender floodgates to open, the Mets have four players who fit the offer/non-offer list so let’s see who stays and who goes:

John Maine-I think we all agree the days of Maine are done in Queens. Maine did himself no favor by hiding his injuries and less than honest with the coaching staff and front office. With Old School Dan Werthan staying on as the Pitching Czar and the fact that Old School can’t stand the sight of Maine then add in his arbitration price could go to $4mil, it’s safe to say we can add John Maine to that long list of former Mets

R.A. Dickey-Look, we all love Dickey wait that didn’t come out right, We all love R.A. and he was a revelation both on the mound and in the clubhouse as Dickey was the only player when interviewed that I paid attention to as he would always say something of substance. But (and you knew the BUT was coming) let’s not go crazy with talk of multi-year deals for R.A.  I’d go 1yr plus an option $1.5 mil which is about double what he made last year.

Angel Pagan-Now Pagan is a different story. Pagan not only took his offensive game to a higher level but right now he’s the best centerfielder on the Mets roster. Pagan went from being a baseball dunderhead in 2009 to arguably the Mets MVP last season (Yes I know David Wright had a great offensive year but the case can be made that the best all-around season by a Met last year was Pagan) Angel made $1.45 mil last season and it would be hard for the Mets to win an arbitration case but what price is right for Pagan? 2yrs/$4.5-5mil?

Sean Green-We’re tendering him a contract, why?

Mike Pelfrey-Ahhhhhh Big Pelf.  The sticking point he is Pelf’s agent, Scott Boras.  Pelf cannot test the free agent waters until 2014, so the Mets hold the hammer on him as well. Pelfrey has made some coin off his ML contract he signed when drafted in 2005 to the tune of a shade under $5mil so this negotiation should be quite interesting. As the Mets hold all the cards they don’t have to offer a multi year deal but figure with Boras as his agent, I’m sure he will make up one of those elaborate books to present at the arbitration hearing to make Big Pelf look like Cy Young .

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‘IT’S NOT LIKE YOU TO SAY SORRY, I WAS WAITING ON A DIFFERENT STORY, THIS TIME I’M MISTAKEN FOR HANDING YOU A HEART WORTH BREAKING I’VE BEEN WRONG, I’VE BEEN DOWN, BEEN TO THE BOTTOM OF EVERY BOTTLE THESE FIVE WORDS IN MY HEAD SCREAM “ARE WE HAVIN’ FUN YET?”

Heading for the ferry this morning as I popped on my iPod and set it to shuffle the first song that came on was Nickelback’s “You Remind Me”, how appropriate (as I was walking to my office when I got to Wall St Green Day’ Boulevard of Broken Dreams came on now that’s freaky) for what happened last night in DC and the uneasiness right now in the Land of Orange and Blue.

 

As much as Dirty Sanchez sucked balls last night, the offense was the worst culprit of the night. It just seems who ever is up with bases loaded hits into a double play. I would have bet my house that the Mets lead baseball in most hit into DP’s but they don’t in fact they rank 18th in most GDP’s but isn’t it every game now that the DP is a rally killer?

 

I’m glad to see J-Man take my advice and throw Bobby Parnell a bone and use Ricardo Rincon as well. Now if he can free Al Reyes we can see who are the most effective pitchers in the pen. It’s the old throw the shit on the wall and see what sticks. It’s not the way to run a team and that brings me to this conclusion on the J-Man –Omar Minaya relationship.

 

I don’t think it’s a forgone conclusion that Warlord Jerry will be the Mets manager in 2009.  I look at the way J-Man has used the personnel since the first of the month call ups and I get the feeling that Omar and J-Man are not exactly on the same page as it comes to who plays and who sits. J-Man has made it known that playing time is done through a meritocracy and not pay checks. This theory crossed my mind listening to Gary Cohen say the Mets were going to have Parnell pitch a simulated game to get some work and see where he stood to get some pen work. That to me has Omar/ Tony B fingerprints all over it and as the losses and blown saves add up and Omar starts to realize that if the Mets don’t make the post season he could be on the unemployment line, how much arm twisting does he do with the manager to get things done the way he wants?

 

Is there any other team in sports that fucks around with injured players like the Mets?  It’s a testament to how much pressure Omar Minaya is feeling that he hasn’t sent John Maine to see a surgeon to get that bone spur on his rotator cuff taken care of. All we here is that Maine can not do any more damage to his shoulder and I’m supposed to believe that. BULLSHIT. Billy Wagner had a cramp in his forearm too and Ryan Church had a slight headache and Gimp Castillo has a touch of traumatism.    Then the Skill Sets want to know why the organization is treated like a bunch of chumps by fans and media.

 

I don’t know how these two guys went a stray in their baseball loyalties   but when it comes to hip and cool in the blogesphre Repoz and Alex Bleth are the hippest and coolest Check out this post from Repoz on Bleth’ Bronx Banter site on his memory of Highlander Stadium and Michael Burke the man who ran the Bronx Bastards into the ground before the Robber Baron took over. Some Highlander historian needs to write a book on the men who have run that franchise throughout their history.   Repoz and Belth are like the double bill I saw at Max’s of Iggy Pop and Mink DeVille back in the day.

 

Mike Silva has a piece on the Mets shuffling off their Triple A team to Buffalo which is a solid move.

 

Someone at WFAN better wake up fast and clean up the mess on that station between 1-6 as Francesca on the FAN should be changes to Floundering on the FAN. You can’t have a round guy that is so square do a show by himself as Francesca lacks the personality to carry it off. Whatever you think of Chris Russo he had the chops to do it but lacked the overall sports knowledge that Pope Mike possesses. That’s what made them so successful each guy had his strength and weaknesses and they played off each beautifully.  

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