Flashback 2007: Calling Bartolo Colon
While researching something else through the MetsToday archives, I happened upon several fun flashback posts from December 2007. I’m sharing them here, for skittles and giggles. Jump into your hot tub time machine and follow the links.
For one, there was the low-risk / high-reward signing of Mark Prior by the Padres. Mark Prior, of course, retired from baseball a week or so ago. The funny part about that post? The last sentence, which suggested that the Mets may be putting out calls to Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
That winter, I thought Prior would be a good roll of the dice for the Mets, who were anxious to find an “ace” starter, and didn’t seem to have any worthwhile and expendable trade bait. But I REALLY had it all wrong by championing Carlos Silva as an ideal innings-eater to fill out the back of the rotation. Wow … do you remember when the Mariners signed Silva to a 4-year, $44M contract? They haven’t made as big a free-agent splash since. Oh, wait …
December 2007 was the month that the Mets signed Luis Castillo to a contract that supposedly handcuffed the organization for a half-decade (naw, the Mets’ financial problems had nothing to do with Bernie Madoff). Hindsight, though, is 20/20, and though no one considered it a great signing at the time, when you put yourself back there, at that moment, it’s somewhat understandable why the Mets gave Castillo that deal — they didn’t have many alternatives.
Remember when we dreamed of the Mets in their new stadium, sporting an athletic, All-Star outfield of Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, and Fernando Martinez? In a December 2007 post, I argued the case for Gomez, wasn’t so impressed with LMillz, and thought that both might be moved that winter.
Hope you enjoy the brief travel in the hot tub time machine.
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