SCREW THAT GROUNDHOG, THE METS TELLS US SPRING IS HERE!

Looks like Omar saw his shadow yesterday and declared winter is over with the signing of Ollie P to a 3yr/$36 mil deal. The best part of that deal is the 3 yrs forget the money part it’s the years that are key as Ollie/Boras were looking for at least 5 years but had to settle in at 3.

 

Add to that news that Manny/Boras have turned down the Dodgers latest proposal of 1 yr/$25 mil deal which means the Manny to the Mets talk will never die as you have figure that Boras had to talk  Manny with Omar. He had to right? RIGHT?

 

More Mets news today as the off season levee has broken. It looks like the deal with Citigroup for the new Pleasure Palace is under fire and Citi Group may look to void the deal due to pressure from Congress. Is the karma changing in Flushing? Will we see the ball park named after Gil Hodges or will it keep the Shea name atop the façade?

 

Mike Silva has a great post on New York Baseball Digest on how the Mets strive to be good and not great and as I commented on Mike’s post as long as the Skill Sets strive to be just good me and the rest of the Mets bloggers will continue to fight them to strive to be great. That doesn’t mean to spend like our neighbors in the Bronx but to have a plan stick to it and make any necessary move to attain greatness. Signing Manny would work well to achieve that goal. The Skill Sets remind me of the landlords I deal with who get violations on their buildings and cry to the court that they have no money to make the necessary repairs to meet the city code. Usually these buildings have address on Park Ave and Central Park West and are worth umpteen millions of dollars and just like with the Skill Sets I give them a big yawn when they cry to me about how hungry they are when they have not just loves of bread under their arms but the whole damn bakery.

 

Joel Sherman in his HARDBALL blog talks up Ty Wiggington who makes so much sense for the Mets it’s guaranteed the Mets won’t sign him.

 

Excuse me now while I pry my eyes out with a fork. 

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“OH THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL, BUT THE BASEBALL TALK WILL BE DELIGHTFUL TONIGHT ON PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL”

Forget the bone chilling cold and the snow and the general suckiness of winter, it’s just 39 days until pitcher and catchers report to spring training and it’s Thursday so you know what that means kids “it’s PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL night” and we finally have some hot topics to discuss whether it’s Derek Lowe to the Braves and which way the Mets turn to fill their starting rotation. Is Omar a genius or is getting schooled by Scott Boras? Is Manny to the Mets really dead or is there some hope of it happening? What spots on the Mets 25 man roster are up for grabs come spring time in St Lonesome?  How much more money can the Steinbrenner Crime Family shake out the public coffers for their pleasure palace and how about the humongous set of balls attached to Rand Levine’ three piece set?  

 

These are just some of the questions I hope to answer along with your help so tune in and join in by calling our call in line (646) 595-4462 on Blog Talk Radio at 9PM EST tonight.

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CAREFULL I’M PACKIN’

Monday mornings after a long weekend are a bitch but it could be worse, I mean I could have shot myself in the leg with an unlicensed hand gun or I could have shown up to work and have my boss tell me go home until maybe Department of Buildings or Department of Transportation take my sorry ass in but no my fella’s welcomed me back with open arms, well as open as they can be when they are clutching ham and egg sandwiches. Anywhoo on to the news of day:

 

I wonder if the Mets are hoping that Oliver Perez turns down arbitration and would be happier with the draft picks than with OP. With all the non activity that has brought the Hot Stove to a crawl as I stated on Saturday I can not figure out Omar Minaya’s game plan at all. But this much I am sure of the natives in the Blue and Orange village are growing very restless and want to see some kind of move being made.

 

Toby Hyde on his Mets Minor League Blog posts about Nick Evans missing in action in the winter leagues. Hyde speculates that Evans who has been ineffective with the bat has been sent home. That’s not a good sign.

 

I find it very interesting that this morning at work we received our yearly e mail on how city workers are not to take tips or gratuities from the public and if you do we risk losing our jobs. Same thing with giving gifts to subordinates and bosses that is a no-no as well. But jacking up baseball executives for free use of a luxury suite with free grub and booze is fine for those employed at City Hall. As I always say never trust a guy in a shirt and tie.

 

From NY Baseball Digest by way of Baseball Prospectus it looks like Manny Ramirez could be on Omar Minaya’ mind come the Winter Meetings next week in Las Vegas. With over 4million fans packing the late Shea Stadium last year, there own state run television network and a brand new pleasure palace that has all it suites filled with New York City’ finest stuffed shirts the last thing me or any other Mets fan wants to hear from the Omar and the Skill Sets is cost cutting. My patience which is in short supply to begin with is getting depleted every day .

 

On this date in the year 2000, Turk Wendell signed a three year deal with the Mets for $9,999,999.99 to go along with his #99 on his jersey.

 

Nice little feature on Jon Matlack in yesterday’s Daily News. I wish it went a bit further as it would have been interesting to read Matlack’s recollection of the 1973 Ya Gotta Believe regular and his  post season performence especially the World Series where Matlack  lost game 1, then came back to win game 4 but lasted just 2 2/3 innings in game 7 .

 

 

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TAKE THE D TO $ITI FIELD?

Hey, get out of that tincan you call a car
‘Coz that old thing wont get you far
Don’t take a bus and don’t grab a cab
‘Coz I got a thing that’ll drive you mad

Come on ride my train
Come on ride my train

 

I’m waiting for a program on my computer to get fixed so I can get some work done so while I was waiting I was looking at some interesting articles from yesterday and this morning. The most interesting piece I found was Nick Cafardo’ from yesterday’s Boston Globe which talked about MLB GM’s doing a “Swap Meet” where you sell your junk for some other guys junk or as they say “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure”

 

When I look over the list one name made me stare at it for a long time, Dontrelle Willis. As I stared I saw a guy who is way down on his luck and has been God-awful the last two seasons but if you can get him right, you have a workhorse and a guy with a World Series ring and he can hit a lick as well. I bet returning to the NL East and to city with the baseball passion of NYC could be the elixir the D-Train needs to get back on track.

 

Willis would be up for trade not just due to poor performance but the big nut that comes with him. At the Skill Sets Pleasure Palace the side walks are line with money (thanks to all of you who bought bricks) and taking in bad contracts is our specialty. But not only would I take the D-Train bad contract and bad pitching as well but I’d make this a mega deal and grab Magglio Ordonez too.

 

D-Train has $22 mil left on the last two years of his contact. Ordonez has $18mil owed him for 2009 with a $15 mil club option for 2010 and $15 mil in 2011.

 

So now the Tigers would have to take “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Just My Very Overpaid Second Baseman” Gimp Castillo (even though they have  Placido Polanco Hey, let’s put Polanco in the deal as well and really take over WFAN with 24/7 Mets calls!!!!!) then I’d put Ryan Church and Brian Schneider in the deal (no this is not some still pent up anger or the Milledege deal. Okay maybe a little bit) and a B-Level bush leaguer. Maybe even get Brandon Inge in the package as a just to make Mike Francesa cry.

 

  

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LET’S TAKE OUR NEXT CALL, JEFFEY FROM FLUSHING YOU’RE ON THE FAN

Taking time out from counting the receipts from the luxury suites at the new Skill Set Pleasure Palace Jeffey Skill Sets came on WFAN with the Francesa the Bloviator to what was about 10 minutes of nothing.

Jeffey was happy that the Mets have re-upped with the WFAN and Francesa then morphed into a persona that resembled his ex-partner and gave Jeffey a thorough tounge bath saying how WFAN and the Mets have been long time partners and how the station is glad to have the team on it’s air waves and on and on. Jeffy said the organization is happy as well as Mets fan always know what station their on all the time but he would not state the real reason that the Mets stayed with the FAN and that’s all the dead presidents the station is paying them for the radio rights. So when the Bloviator asked about changes to the team Jeffey claims that Omar has total control over personnel and that their is no set budget. Jeffey did seem a perturbed that the Famous Rays with a payroll of about the price of two luxury suites are in the World Series and his team with one of the highest payrolls in the game are home watching on TV.

The bulk of the interview was all about &iti Field and the dismantling of Shea which should be an empty lot by January.

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