Archive: November 7th, 2007

Glavine Update

According to The New York Daily News:

Tom Glavine’s agent has indicated the 303-game winner has resolved to pitch in ’08. Signs have pointed to Atlanta as Glavine’s most likely landing spot.

According to Braves GM David Wren, as quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“We think adding Tommy would clearly make our rotation better,” general manager Frank Wren said by phone from baseball’s GM meetings in Orlando.

In addition, Glavine and Livan Hernandez supposedly have interest in joining the Washington Nationals. (WHY???) Unfortunately for the Nats, they can only afford to sign one of them. Apparently they don’t expect much revenue to be flowing from that brand new ballpark.

So it appears that Mr. Tom-Tom’s days in NYC are all but over. I think the Mets can spend that $13M much more wisely elsewhere.

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FA Updates

They were two years too late, but better late than never.

The Mets finally gave Marlon Anderson the 2-year, $2M contract he sought at the end of 2005, locking him up through 2009. Considering that Anderson has been one of the top bats off the bench for several years now, and has a special affinity for playing in a Mets uniform for Willie Randolph, this deal is a no-brainer. Anderson could turn out to be the player with the best price:value ratio on the team.

In addition to signing Anderson, the Mets also announced that the option on Jose Valentin’s contract would not be picked up, and that David Newhan refused a minor league assignment to become a free agent. Add in the fact that Damion Easley was re-signed last week, and the Mets’ 2008 bench is starting to shape up. For pinch-hitting, they have Easley from the right side and Anderson from the left, and Endy Chavez most likely will be retained as a fourth outfielder. The status of Ruben Gotay is up in the air — who can really say for sure if the Mets will once again carry four second basemen, particularly if they wrap up Luis Castillo to play every day? Another spot on the bench will belong to whomever the backup catcher is, be it Ramon Castro or someone else. Looking at the potential holdovers, there isn’t much space left on the roster. Would the Mets keep Carlos Gomez around for pinch-running, or will it make more sense to get him more seasoning in AAA?

Of course, much depends on what the Mets do with their current personnel in regard to trades. But if no one is sent away, I’d imagine that besides a catcher the Mets might consider signing an outfielder / first baseman with a strong bat to come off the bench. An Eric Hinske? Or would that be redundant with Marlon Anderson around? Time will tell.

In other news, Brian Lawrence’s option was not picked up and Dave Williams became a free agent. No surprise in either case, and good luck to both of them. They’d be a nice one-two combo in a Sunday softball league.

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Beltran and Wright Go Gold

So Carlos Beltran and David Wright have won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for their respective positions.

Wow.

Beltran was not a surprise, obviously, since he’s won it before and he remains one of the better centerfielders in the NL (take that, Mike Cameron). Wright, though, is a jaw-dropping shock.

Yes, this is a Mets website and I’m a fanatic and I should be excited about David winning the Gold Glove but it seems a bit premature — and undeserving. While there is absolutely no doubt that D-Wright works his proverbial butt off in making himself a better player, and his dedication to improving his defense is almost legendary, I didn’t see him as a Gold Glover in 2007. I definitely saw flashes of him becoming a brilliant defender, and believed that one day he would win the coveted defensive award. Just not this year. Maybe my anti-bias is based on seeing him play every day, and that’s often the only way to see the chinks in a player’s armor.

So who was more deserving? From what I had seen, Ryan Zimmerman looked pretty darn good — though that’s based on what I saw of him last year in addition to this year. With Scott Rolen injured for much of the season, 2007 was the year for “someone else” to get the gold, and I always thought it would be Aramis Ramirez’s “turn” when that happened; Ramirez has been a steady, nearly excellent if unspectacular fielder for a long time while playing in Rolen’s shadow. And don’t laugh, but I sincerely believe Pedro Feliz is better defensively than nearly everyone, other than possibly Zimmerman. But that’s based on my own two eyes and seeing him in limited games over the past few years — perhaps my eyes have deceived me. But I suppose Feliz is not a big enough name for Rawlings to honor.

And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? With Rolen out of the picture, who is the best “face” for the award? Wright, of course. Well, you can’t argue with popularity, I suppose.

As far as merit, though, I’d rather have seen Jose Reyes earn a Gold Glove at short over Jimmy “Team to Beat” Rollins. I think I’ve watched enough of both to believe Reyes is the better of the two, though I’m a bit surprised that Omar Vizquel didn’t take home another one. And if we’re talking solely defense, I’d take Troy Tulowitzki before Rollins any day of the week — as well as Rafael Furcal and Edgar Renteria. Again, all about the marketability for Rawlings. Jimmy Rollins had the big year with the bat and the mouth, Jose Reyes had a down year offensively, and no one knows who the heck Tulowitzki is — much less pronounce his name.

Let’s see, any other choices for me to criticize? Maddux is the easy pick at pitcher, ho hum. I’ve always thought Glavine deserved a few more, including this year, but whatever. Orlando Hudson is a good to very-good but not excellent second baseman, but looking around the NL there simply isn’t a defensive whiz at the position. Derrek Lee is a solid choice at first base, where no one really cares about defense — Todd Helton, Adrian Gonzalez, Lance Berkman, or a few others could have just as easily and deservedly been honored. Russell Martin behind the dish is a nice choice, though Brian Schneider might be better. And don’t laugh, but Miguel Olivo is close. As far as the outfield, I’m mildly surprised Jeff Francoeur snuck in — not because he didn’t deserve it but because they almost always vote in all centerfielders.

I’d comment on the American League but I don’t particularly care, since they don’t really play “baseball” but a modified version of the game.

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