A few bits of news to report before the big news coming later today …
Jordany Valdespin, he of the dramatic homerun, lack of position, and superstar in his own mind, has just finished serving a two-week suspension from his winter league team. According to ESPN, Valdespin was disciplined for insubordination. Some people never change — just ask Carl Everett. Adam Rubin suggests that the Mets could consider spinning off ‘spin to San Diego, where Omar Minaya is now working.
Rubin also reports that Kelly Shoppach, Rod Barajas, Jesus Flores, and Henry Blanco are all unlikely to return to the Mets. Well, that covers nearly every backstop on the free-agent market, so if the Mets do acquire a catcher, it’s likely to be via trade. Though, Chris Snyder, Miguel Olivo, and Misty May’s husband are all looking for work.
“Near the top of general manager Sandy Alderson’s list as he arrived last night for the meetings is finding a catcher who, at the very least, can share time with the incumbent Thole next season, if not take the starting job outright.”
Um, am I missing something? Any of the above-mentioned catchers — save for perhaps Henry Blanco — would overtake Thole for the starting job in about eight seconds. I guess that’s just Alderson blowing smoke / showing poker face so as not to lose leverage in negotiations with agents and other GMs.
- Frank Francisco is the 2013 closer — “no debate.”
Now go take a nap — we’ll wake you up when the R.A. Dickey trade is done.
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