2010 Analysis: Sean Green

Remember when the Mets traded Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Jason Vargas, Ezequiel Carrera, and Maikel Cleto in return for Sean Green and two other Seattle Mariners? Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?

Green was supposed to be Pedro Feliciano’s foil – a right-handed situational reliever with the ability to occasionally step in as a setup man. Fans who rejoiced at the arrival of Green and the departure of Heilman soon learned that you must be careful what you wish for. Sure, Green never had the opportunity to allow a postseason homerun; but at the same time, the Mets’ dependence on talents such as Green to fill key bullpen roles was at least part of the reason they’ve been watching the playoffs from home since 2006. For those who forgot, Green was penciled in as the backup to the backup setup man in early 2010 — the man who would step in if Kelvim Escobar and Ryota Igarashi didn’t work out.

2011 Projection

Green’s time as a Met has been marked by inconsistency and injury. In an effort to salvage his career, he converted from sidearmer to submariner – a move that might’ve panned out had he given it enough time. But now that he’s back to being a sidewinder with sporadic control who turns 32 shortly after Opening Day, I’m not sure where he fits in to the Mets’ plans. He’s under the team’s control, but after earning $975K in 2010, does it make sense to renew or go the arbitration route? My guess is they’ll cut him loose and try to re-sign him on a minor-league deal.

Click here to read the 2009 Analysis of Sean Green

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  1. CatchDog October 31, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Sean Green exemplifies what the Mets have been the last few years. Average at best. Hurt. Wishy-washy in their approach. Underachievers. And forgetable.

    One Sean (Shawn) Green was enough.

  2. murph November 1, 2010 at 4:02 am
    He was the third best Sean (Shawn/Shonn) Green(e) in NY sports history.
  3. Walnutz15 November 1, 2010 at 8:43 am
    Who didn’t see the Sean Green injury coming last year? Forcing a guy to throw submarine-style because he can’t retire hitters regularly — “let’s mask his delivery” — is never a good idea.

    Within weeks, Green ripped his rib-cage.

    This guy’s simply not that good, and isn’t worth the continuous tweaking and handing of opportunities. You got burned on the J.J. Putz deal — just chalk it up and cut ties on everyone associated with it.

    He’s the final tie….and a truly weak link.