Archive for January, 2007

Victor Zambrano a Blue Jay – Let the Healing Begin

The Victor Zambrano Era … also known as “After Kazmir” (or, “AK”), has come to an official close, as VZ has signed a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. (deep sigh of relief) Finally, Mets fans can move on, and simply scratch off the trading away of Scott Kazmir as another bungled move of […]

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Keeping Things Quiet

Matthew Cerrone at MetsBlog.com made a great point about Omar Minaya’s surreptitious ways, and the tight-as-a-drum front office. In this day and age of information overload — pushed to the brink by the immediacy and popularity of the internet — keeping a rumor under wraps is next to impossible. However, this winter, the Mets have […]

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Desperately Seeking Pitching

For a guy who is “comfortable” with his pitching staff, Omar Minaya sure is making the moves of an uncomfortable GM. The signing of Jorge Sosa appeared to be the last piece of the pitching staff re-stock project. Though he received a guaranteed Major League contract, there is every reason to believe that Sosa is […]

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John Maine: Split the Difference?

What a difference a year makes … this time last year, John Maine was considered a bust by the Baltimore Orioles, and being shopped around as a throw-in as “Genius Jim” Duquette tried to make his team less competitive and more expensive — not an easy thing to accomplish (though he did have experience with […]

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Mets Pitching: Not That Bad

While we Mets fans are getting stressed out over the current state of the starting rotation, if we would just take a step out of our little world we’d realize the Mets’ pitching staff isn’t that bad — certainly not the dire straits some would have us believe. First of all, the bullpen — on […]

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Aaron Heilman: Dispelling the Myths

If the Mets don’t move Aaron Heilman as part of a package to land a front-end starter, they would be remiss not to try him out for a rotation spot. Nearly every other MLB organization values a starting pitcher over a setup reliever — and most feel that a pitcher with the potential to be […]

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Haren, Harden, or Heilman

After signing Scott Schoeneweis, it was only a matter of time before the Mets-A’s rumors involving Danny Haren, Rich Harden, Aaron Heilman, and Lastings Milledge started up again. However, these are just rumors, built on speculation and conjecture. Following is my own conjecture, based on logic (something few deals are based on): During the winter […]

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Starting Rotation: Use a Pencil

We’re all concerned about the Mets’ starting rotation right now. However, it’s still more than a month before pitchers and catchers report. On January 3rd, 2006, the Mets’ “penciled in” , or “projected” rotation looked like this: 1. Pedro Martinez 2. Tom Glavine 3. Kris Benson 4. Jae Seo 5. Victor Zambrano or Steve Trachsel […]

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Omar’s Next Move

The signing that seemingly came out of nowhere — for Scott “The Show” Schoeneweis — is likely more of a stepping stone than a final piece of the puzzle. Last year at this time, the Jae Seo deal was one week old, Kris Benson was still on the roster, and the Mets were about to […]

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Mets Sign a Lefthanded Pitcher

Unfortunately, it’s not Barry Zito, but you already knew that. However, it’s also not Mark Mulder, who should be deciding between the Cardinals, Rangers, and Indians shortly. And it’s not David Wells, whose belly has grown so large he cannot get out of his front door. Thankfully, it’s not Bruce Chen, either. It’s Scott Schoeneweis. […]

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Big News: David Newhan

OK, maybe it doesn’t seem like such “big” news that David Newhan has agreed to a minor-league deal with the New York Mets. But it is news, during what has been an excruciatingly slow week. If Newhan makes the big league roster, he’ll make a significant impact off the bench. Because, the only way he’ll […]

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Options Dwindling

Last night the Boston Red Sox came to terms with Joel Pineiro on a 1-year, $4M deal. Pineiro was perhaps the most talented, currently healthy, starting pitcher left on the market, and apparently the Mets didn’t fit into his needs. Pineiro would have been a nice addition, certainly a comparable option to Joe Blanton and […]

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Oh No! Tomo Ohka !

I’m really, really hoping that Ken Davidoff’s source is wrong about the Mets’ interest in signing Tomo Ohka. I’m also hoping that they’re not interested in trading any active player for Rodrigo Lopez, since the Baltimore Orioles want a better offer than merely “mid-level prospects”. If the deal for Lopez involved moving Mo Vaughn’s contract, […]

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IFs: 2006 vs. 2007

Before spring training last year, the Mets had several “IFs” tied to their 2006 potential. Among them: 1. If Billy Wagner could fulfill his enormous (at the time) contract, despite nearing his mid-30s. 2. If Steve Trachsel could recover from back surgery and assume the #4 starter role. 3. If Victor Zambrano could find the […]

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Got Splash?

We still have about 45 days before pitchers and catchers report — the time when hope springs eternal — yet there is a general panic among Mets fans because of Omar Minaya’s “lack of action” in the postseason. We were spoiled by the previous two offseasons, in which we garnered the likes of Pedro Martinez, […]

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