Affeldt and Tomko Off the Market
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.