Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
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Mets Trade Gonzalez Germen To Yankees

After designating him for assignment (DFA) to make room for John Mayberry, Jr., on the 40-man roster, Gonzalez Germen has been traded to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Good deal for the Yankees, who can use all the pitching depth they can find, and were able to acquire a decent arm in return for something they have in surplus — money.

Will the Mets miss Germen? I don’t know. He showed flashes, but I never saw him as anything more than 6th-inning filler. We saw that he is a sinker/slider guy who can be effective in short spurts; he kind of reminds me of Jorge Sosa or Fernando Nieve. At the age of 27, Germen probably “is what he is.”

But was it worth it to drop Germen to make room for Mayberry? Hmm … I guess I’d do that, straight-up. The only other players on the 40-man that the Mets might’ve DFA’d instead, I’d guess, would’ve been Wilfredo Tovar, Cesar Puello, Cory Mazzoni, Erik Goeddel, or maybe Eric Campbell. I can understand why all of those players were kept. Puello and Campbell are the backup plans to Mayberry; Mazzoni and Goeddel have options, are a bit younger, and possibly more upside than Germen; and Tovar is the only true , defensively MLB-ready shortstop in the organization behind Ruben Tejada.

What say you? Will you miss Germen? Would you have preferred the Mets drop someone else? Sound off in the comments.


The Wild Week That Was

The winter meetings ended, but the hot stove is still sizzling. At least, it is outside of Flushing.

Let’s do a quick rundown on all the activity over the past week. Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track?