Goodbye to Ruddy Lugo
If you hadn’t heard, Ruddy Lugo was reassigned to minor league camp. This wasn’t a tremendous surprise, since he wasn’t showing great command in his outings, and had seemingly fallen behind Nelson Figueroa, Steven Register, Joe Smith, and Joselo Diaz (at minimum).
In addition, Carlos Muniz and Willie Collazo were reassigned, further culling the bullpen competition.
Meanwhile, Figueroa continues to impress and may have an outside shot at the long relief job — particularly since Tony Armas, Jr. just arrived in camp over the weekend and has little chance of earning an MLB spot in the last dozen days of spring training. Though, Figgy still has to fight off Brian Stokes and Nate Field, and the Mets have to decide what they’re going to do with Register, Jorge Sosa, Scott Schoeneweis, and Ricardo Rincon. If The Show can be moved, Rincon — who has looked better — should remain as the LOOGY. Similarly, if Sosa is traded, then Register and/or Joe Smith would probably win jobs — or Figgy could get the last spot.
We’ll know in less than two weeks.
But, I remember Rincon back in 2003-2004, when he was past his prime but still getting MLB hitters out fairly consistently, and to me he looks like he’s recaptured the magic — or at least, close to it.
You’re right, though … if Rincon pitches well, Willie will over-expose him as he does with any pitcher he deems as “hot”. But if we can get something in return for The Show — and I think we can — then I’d rather take Rincon as the overused LOOGY AND whatever the Mets can get for Show rather than the alternative.
Dozen of one, 12 of the other, is what it comes down to, I suppose.