GEE? CARRASCO? WHO KNEW?

Today is the 35th Anniversary of Rick Monday saving the American flag from being burned by a couple of assholes at Dodger Stadium. What made this attempt at flag burning even more galling back then was the country was getting ready to celebrate the Bicentennial.  I hope those two morons in the picture that tried to light the flag on fire have had 35 years of misery.

So much for same old Mets.  As we see no matter your contract, if you don’t produce, you can be replaced and Sandy Alderson is calling the shots.

After Dillion Gee’ start on Saturday, Terry Collins stated in his post-game press conference that it would be better to have Gee pitch on a regular basis in Buffalo than in the Mets bullpen. Well, the GM had a different idea, keeping Gee and shipping D.J. Carrasco out to the Bison. The names bantered around that would be effected by solid outing by Gee were Chris Capuano or Chris Young and I felt Jon Niese could be the odd man out, I have to say I never thought about Carrasco getting the boot to Buffalo. Who the hell knew that Carrasco had options? Sandy Alderson that’s who.

Ronnie Paulinohas had another set back with a strained rib cage so that means the  Nickeas /Thole catching combo lives on.  When it comes time to activate Paulinoit may be Thole who gets sent back to Buffalo. Thole has not done much with the bat and it looks like he will not be behind the plate when Big Pelf pitches (we will know if Nickeas catches Pelfrey on Friday when he is scheduled to go up against the Phillies and Joe Blanton) so Thole has a week or ten days to get the bat going or he could be gone.

Ian O’Connor has written a book on Derek Jeter and part of the book was excerpted in the NY Post yesterday.  It does not portray El Capitan’ in a very good light. Not much earthshattering here, Jeter hates A-Rod, St Joseph of Torre favored Jeter over Rodriguez, and Pee Wee Cashman  doesn’t have much love for Jeter who told Jeterwhen A-Rod was having his problems withHighlander fans and with his admittance to steroid use and not having The Captain stand by his side that “he has to lead them all” a big shot to the legend of the Jeter leadership fairy tale which takes a bigger hit when Cashman tells CC Sabathia during his contract negotiation the he needs him to help fix a fractured clubhouse.

I interviewed Tyler Kepner of the NY Times on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN last Wednesday as we talked about the bookDerek Jeter: From The Pages of The New York Times, where we spoke about the A-Rod/Jeter relationship and how much of the Jeter leadership portrait is fact and fiction.

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“CASTILLO, HUH YEAH, WHAT IS HE GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, SAY IT AGAIN NOW……”

It seems that the second base position for the Mets has become the black hole 3rd base had once been. None of the four competitors for the job have stepped up to make it clear he is worthy of the job. Brad Emaus has yet to hit this spring but has shown a pretty good glove. Justin Turner seems to be the odd man out due to his two minor league options in his pocket  (I don’t see Turner’s name on either travel list for today) and Daniel Murphy has hit and shown some decent footwork at 2nd base but turning the double play has been what Terry Collins wants to see before he anoints Murph the opening day Mets second sacker.  That leaves the incumbent at the spot, Luis Castillo and from reading John Harper’s piece in the Daily News today, I sure if it were up to Terry Collins he would love to rid himself of Slappy :

Furthermore, Castillo, the incumbent of sorts, has annoyed Terry Collins by moping around in apparent protest of being forced to compete for the job, to the point where the manager called him into his office a couple of days ago to tell him he better start working harder if he wanted any shot at all.

Castillo didn’t even take pregame ground balls one day last week when he was in the lineup as the DH, as Collins has had to juggle playing time to get looks at all four second-base candidates. And that didn’t sit well with the new manager, who is not going to tolerate the laissez-faire attitude that permeated the clubhouse in recent years.

Since meeting with Collins, who promised to try to get him more playing time, Castillo seems to have raised his energy level, and he had a solid game Wednesday with two walks, a bloop single to left, and a nice play going toward the hole on a ball that went off Ike Davis’ glove.

This is the Castillo M.O. when things don’t go his way or the way he wants it to, he mopes, in fact is there a bigger mope than Castillo? His attitude has sucked for a couple of years now and unless he is the starting 2nd baseman Luis will mope and be an all-out fucking malcontent.  Why keep him around? Like Oliver Perez, he’s more trouble than he’s worth.

Just by looking at the starting lineups for today’s spilt squad games you can see the manager wants no part of this slap hitting, diminished range, piss poor attitude has been. Castillo will start today in Viera against the Nats but as the DH. Murphy will start at 2nd base. Over in Jupiter, Brad Emaus will start against the Fish and with Luis Hernandez on the roster in Jupiter he will most likely spell Emaus at 2nd as Hernandez has made himself a dark horse candidate in the this position race.

Meanwhile over in the minor league backfields of St. Lonesome , Reese Havens works out and hopes he can stay healthy because if he does he will be the Mets 2nd baseman by Memorial Day.   

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THE DIRTY LOWE DOWN

Well, so much for the quiet off season, as word comes via Scott Boras’ House Organ,- the Zelig like Jon Heyman, that the Braves have made a 4yr/$60 mil offer to the Boras/Lowe tag team. WHOA!!! I’ve been on board the Lowe bandwagon but if this offer is legit well for Lowe/Boras it’s too legit to quit.

 

How does Omar top that with a 4yr/$64 mil deal? Har-har-hardee-har-har would be the response out of Flushing.

 

The Braves are desperate after the defection of John Smoltz to the Olde Towne Team and the rumbling of the fan base that Frank Wren is a do nothing GM.  Also a factor here as it pertains to the Mets and Lowe, it seems Omar is the lone Lowe supporter among the decision makers in the organization with the rest of the brain trust clearly pro-Ollie Perez.

 

It could also be the old dirt and scandal from Lowe’ past is being brought back to the surface and the murmur of Lowe still in the grip of evil spirits.

 

So as it this story heats up it now looks like Ollie Perez will be the odd man in for the Mets as no way in the Mets up the ante in years or money to Lowe/Boras.

 

I still prefer Derek Lowe over OP as Lowe is a much more established and proven arm but at $15 mil a year for four years is too rich for my blood and a real overpayment for a guy who is not an ace.

 

What this does though is make OP the object of Omar’s affection but at what price? It’s reported (again by Zelig Heyman) that the Mets have met with OP and put a 3yr/$30 mil offer on the table, I’m sure Boras will counter with at least 5yr/$50 so figure OP will be back in the Flushing fold at 4yr/$40+mil with incentives and the like.

 

Hopefully there will be some kind of Mets news the next couple of day as we ready for our next installment of Pro Baseball Central this Thursday night (Jan 15th) at 9PM EST on Blogtalk Radio. So join us Thursday at 9 and call in and give us your opinions at (646) 595-4462.

 

(UPDATE: The AJC is reporting that Derek Lowe has signed the 4yr/$60mil deal with the Braves. Panic in Peachtree!)

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THE DIRTY LOWE DOWN

Well, so much for the quiet off season, as word comes via Scott Boras’ House Organ,- the Zelig like Jon Heyman, that the Braves have made a 4yr/$60 mil offer to the Boras/Lowe tag team. WHOA!!! I’ve been on board the Lowe bandwagon but if this offer is legit well for Lowe/Boras it’s too legit to quit.

 

How does Omar top that with a 4yr/$64 mil deal? Har-har-hardee-har-har would be the response out of Flushing.

 

The Braves are desperate after the defection of John Smoltz to the Olde Towne Team and the rumbling of the fan base that Frank Wren is a do nothing GM.  Also a factor here as it pertains to the Mets and Lowe, it seems Omar is the lone Lowe supporter among the decision makers in the organization with the rest of the brain trust clearly pro-Ollie Perez.

 

It could also be the old dirt and scandal from Lowe’ past is being brought back to the surface and the murmur of Lowe still in the grip of evil spirits.

 

So as it this story heats up it now looks like Ollie Perez will be the odd man in for the Mets as no way in the Mets up the ante in years or money to Lowe/Boras.

 

I still prefer Derek Lowe over OP as Lowe is a much more established and proven arm but at $15 mil a year for four years is too rich for my blood and a real overpayment for a guy who is not an ace.

 

What this does though is make OP the object of Omar’s affection but at what price? It’s reported (again by Zelig Heyman) that the Mets have met with OP and put a 3yr/$30 mil offer on the table, I’m sure Boras will counter with at least 5yr/$50 so figure OP will be back in the Flushing fold at 4yr/$40+mil with incentives and the like.

 

Hopefully there will be some kind of Mets news the next couple of day as we ready for our next installment of Pro Baseball Central this Thursday night (Jan 15th) at 9PM EST on Blogtalk Radio. So join us Thursday at 9 and call in and give us your opinions at (646) 595-4462.

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