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I can understand not wanting to spend over 45 mil for Manny Ramirez but you mean to tell me that with the first class facilities the Mets crow about down in St Lonesome, they couldnâ€™t purchase or lease a state of the art MRI an fly down Dr. Altcheck for month in sunny FLA.Â I still say the only reason that Johan Santana was not flown to NY is due to the 10 inches of snow thatâ€™s on the ground and still falling from the sky here in NYC
If you read the Daily News this morning you get the impression that Santana agrees with Old School Dan Warthen that he tried to accelerated his training so he could pitch in the WBC. If you read the NY Post they make it sound like Old School Dan Warthen made Santana throw to much and too soon. I think Iâ€˜ll stick with Adam Rubinâ€™s reporting although I do think that it is not a coincidence that both Santana and Tim Redding, both coming off surgery, are both having arm trouble due to compensating from knee surgery in Johanâ€™ case and foot surgery for Redding. Santana I mentioned wanted to make the WBC and Redding wants that number 5 spot in the rotation and sees the completion and looked to rush back a bit too soon. The organization has to tighten up itâ€™s rehab policies here. They may have dodged a bullet here with Santana but hopefully they learned a lesson and look over their training regiment.
Before you jump down J-Manâ€™ throat about moving Jose Reyes down in the order and putting the overpaid, over weight and overdue Â in camp, Gimp Castillo into the lineup spot 1, just sit back take a deep breath and look outside the box.
From reading the stories on J-Manâ€™ first address of the spring, itâ€™s clear that unlike Willie Randolph he will not let his team forget the end of the last two seasons. I also like that Â Manuel has stated it wasnâ€™t just the bullpen that sucked down the stretch that putting the failure of the â€™07 andâ€™08 collapse solely at the feet of the relievers is selfish and easy to pin the failure on. Thatâ€™s not to say the bullpen didnâ€™t suck last year or the year before of course they did but also the inability of the offense to get key hits and the fact that if the Mets were hockey players there would be a lot of Lady Bing candidates, so Manuel throwing out a grenade like he did yesterday is welcomed as this team needs to have its cage rattled.
The thing to watch here is will be the reaction by Jose Reyes when he bops into camp. If Reyes comes in and saysâ€ Whatever Jerry thinks we to do to win Iâ€™m all for itâ€ then the message has gotten through. If Reyes comes in and acts like a baby then puts a face on and complains then he validates Manuelâ€™s mindset that the Mets are a selfish bunch and Jose is clueless to what it takes to win.Â
This is also a challenge to Castillo who is the most hated Mets player since Bobby Bonila wore ear plugs and acted like a first class dick. Now in Gimpâ€™s defense he has never been as much of a prick as Bobby Bo and the biggest blame on having Gimp around is solely on Omar Minaya from the ridiculous contract he gave him but J-Man is throwing down the gauntlet to Castillo by telling him show what you got old man. Â This will be a huge spring for Castillo as Reyes goes off to be a Dominican Dandy, Gimp can show J-Man that not only does he deserve to be the starting 2nd baseman but he can thrive in leadoff spot of the batting order.
It may not be so crazy to look at Reyes in the 3 hole. Maybe as Reyes approaches 26 years of age he can continue with adding power to this offense and driving in runs more than worrying about stealing bases so much.
In the end though I think this is something Manuel is tossing out there as a test to see if Reyes has added some maturity and if Castillo has any pride left in him. Â Â Â Â
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