Shea to Shea?
The West Coast Los Angeles California Angels of Anaheim in Orange County Just Minutes from Disneyland and Intersecting the 91 and State Highway 55 (TM) have DFA’d Shea Hillenbrand.
Is he the righty bat that the Mets would be interested in obtaining?
Most likely not, but it’s interesting that he’s out there. If the Mets were considering benching Carlos Delgado — which will never happen — he’d be a cheap alternative.
However, Hillenbrand plays only 1B and 3B, and not one game in the outfield, which is the only place they’d consider a stopgap while Moises mends. And because Hillenbrand asked for the release because of a lack of playing time — on a first-place team, no less — it’s hard to imagine him agreeing to be a part-time player for the Mets. It’s even harder to think that this self-centered personality would ever fit into the team-oriented Mets clubhouse.
Direct quotes from Hillenbrand:
“It’s a good thing because I’m at the point in my career where I need to play on a daily basis. That’s where I’ve been and why I’ve had the success I’ve had,” he said.
“I’m not a bench player or someone that doesn’t have an opportunity to help a team on a daily basis because I’ve proven that I’m very capable of doing that.”
Hmm … not quite the words of a championship ballplayer, eh?
Though there’s next to no chance Shea will find his way to, um, Shea, Mets fans may want to follow his next course of action. Though best suited for the AL, where he is an ideal DH (Yankees?), consider that the Braves are desperate for a first baseman and the Phillies are still looking for a third baseman — and Hillenbrand plays both positions.