From my point of view, either of these guys could have been nice fits for the Mets, one or the other stepping into the Aaron Sele role and/or giving the kids a push for the fifth starter spot. Affeldt was especially interesting because he was a lefty — and when you play the Phillies 18 times a year, the more lefties on your staff, the better. I would have liked Affeldt as a spot starter, long reliever, and LOOGY. Instead, he’ll go to Cincinnati, where they’re talking about putting him in the starting rotation. Not a bad idea, with the shortage of quality starters in this day and age.
Similarly, Tomko would have been a good fit as a long reliever, middle reliever, and spot starter. The hard-throwing righty with the good sinker has forever been something of an enigma, occasionally showing flashes of brilliance (not unlike Kyle Lohse).
Both pitchers agreed to one-year, $3M contracts. Compared to other free agents, that’s a bargain, and a manageable risk.
And still the Mets sit on their hands, either completely comfortable with their pitching staff or working on a secret deal that will be announced any day now.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.