Who’s Next for DL, Albert Pujols and PEDs
MetsmerizedOnline hears from scouts around the league that Francisco Rodriguez could be the latest Met hiding an injury. The same article also displays some frighteningly awful numbers from K-Rod since the All-Star break.
Also on MMO, Joe D wonders if the Mets were duped in the Billy Wagner deal — and predicts dark days ahead.
Andy Martino of the Philadelphia Inquirer says we still don’t know if MLB players are clean — and invokes the name of Albert Pujols.
In somewhat related news, the courts have decided that federal agents were wrong to seize the infamous drug list and samples of 104 Major League Baseball players who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Hard to take a stance on this one. On the one hand, the players’ rights of privacy were infringed upon. On the other hand, the wrongly-obtained evidence did show that many broke the law by taking illegal drugs and drugs without a prescription. As a result of this decision, Barry Bonds remains “innocent” and Victor Conte looks like a whistleblowing civil rights activist, rather than the fly-by-night drug-peddling shyster depicted by Game of Shadows. It’s up to you to decide who’s right and who’s wrong.
Back to the Mets, Metsgrrrl Caryn Rose has a primer for the team on how to be more fan-friendly.
Plus, with the way the Mets like to slot during the draft, who’s to say they would have gotten any useful talent with the picks they would have recouped from offering Wagner arbitration? Far be it for me to say I don’t really have the utmost amount of confidence in this team to evaluate young, raw talent. At least we know that Carter can handle AAA pitching and is primed and ready to contribute at the major league level.
Though, news has now come out that the Yankees claimed Carter off waivers and thus blocked Carter from coming to the Mets. Their reasoning: handcuff the Red Sox into keeping Carter on their 40-man roster for the rest of the season. Yeah, it’s a smooth and calculated move by the Yanks, but give me an f’n break. Just how far do the Yanks think they’re putting the Sox behind the 8-ball by blocking the trade? Nominally at most. And yet they have absolutely no problem stepping on the Mets’ toes in the process and playing big bad @sshole on the block. If I were a member of the Mets brass I’d be seething at the Yankees right now. As if our season hasn’t gone badly enough, now the Yankees have to jump on the pile because they want to prevent the Sox from having something so insignificant as an extra 40-man roster spot. Are we aware now why the Yankees are the most hated franchise in all of baseball? I hate to say it, but if it does come down to the Phillies and Yankees in this year’s WS (which looks like a strong possibility), I’m cheering for the Phillies. F the Skankees and all their f’n fans.
I also can’t blame the Yankees for doing what they did (if in fact they did claim Carter). Why the heck should they care about the Mets auditioning a AAAA player? They’re focused on winning the World Series, and the Red Sox are a potential threat. You know, they’re playing “meaningful games in September”. Meh.
I also don’t blame the Yankees for doing what they did either. But really, given the chance to stick it to both the Red Sox and Mets in one fell swoop, I doubt they needed any extra motivation to block the Carter trade. And that’s what I believe their intentions were. Because to think that they believe preventing the Red Sox from opening up one extra 40-man roster spot is going to put them at any kind of disadvantage over the rest of the season is insane. Plain and simple, the Yankees are acting like @ssholes but are going to hide behind the “we’re just playing by the rules and pulling out all the stops to win” routine. I’m not buying it.
Meantime, the Mets get a guy who can put the ball over the wall and adds a lot of hustle, grit and spirit. I think he’s tremendous for dealing with the press as well.
As for the numbers, in the month of August, Francoeur is .316 AVG /.881 OPS, while Church is .300 / .871. Not a huge difference. The biggest difference between the two has been in homeruns. And in the end, both teams seem pretty happy with the trade.
In regard to the Yankees, I find it very, very hard to believe they even considered that they were “screwing” the Mets by claiming Carter. I doubt it even came into their mind.
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