Housecleaning in Buffalo
Some strange goings on in Buffalo with the AAA Bisons.
The Mets / Bisons have released outfielders Wily Mo Pena and Bobby Kielty, and have dropped C/1B Javier Valentin.
In addition, the team has added lefthanded pitchers Ken Takahashi — who was just demoted from the big club — and Art Lopez, who was plucked off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
First of all, I didn’t realize a player on the disabled list could be released — Valentin is on the DL with a strained shoulder. Second, aren’t the Mets desperate for bats off the bench, particularly players who can play the outfield and/or first base?
Kielty had impressed with his hustle, hard nosed play, and line drive hitting from both sides of the plate in spring training, but suffered an injury that limited him to 8 games and 26 at-bats.
The real mystery, however, is the dumping of Pena, the one guy in the organization with the potential to hit balls out of Citi Field on a consistent basis. After a slow start, Pena has really heated up over the last month and a half (.346 in June), and was hitting .361 over his last ten games, including 2 HR, 2 doubles, and 7 RBI. Considering that Carlos Beltran’s knee is aching, and the Mets only legitimate homerun threat, Gary Sheffield, is limping around on one leg, you’d think they’d be inclined to keep Pena around. In fact, it seemed he was on the brink of a promotion. Can anyone in Buffalo gives a clue as to what might be the reason for Pena’s departure? Did he have a bad attitude? Was he lazy? (Not that laziness matters for the Mets.)
By the way, last night, non-prospect Jesus Feliciano pinch-hit for uber-prospect Fernando Martinez in the ninth inning of the Bison’s game vs. Charlottle — and doubled in a run.
(Hat tip to loyal MetsToday reader “Walnutz15” for much of this info)