Archive for January, 2008

Greatest Mets Rotation Ever

Loyal MetsToday reader Joe Muscaglione brought up a great discussion topic — how does the projected 2008 rotation compare to 1986? I’ll go one further: how does it stack up against the best rotations in Mets history? Here are my candidates … 1969: Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Don Cardwell / Jim McAndrew Seaver […]

07-08 Offseason, Pitching Staff

Santana Effect

With the addition of Johan Santana, here is the what the Mets’ starting five looks like: 1. Johan Santana 2. Pedro Martinez 3. Orlando Hernandez 4. John Maine 5. Oliver Perez Wow. There are many who will argue that El Duque is the #5, and not the #3, but my guess is that this is […]

07-08 Offseason, Pitching Staff

Johan Santana Trade: Quick Analysis

We know the value of Johan Santana — his presence instantly establishes the Mets as “the team to beat” (sorry, Jimmy Rollins). It also means that Mets are playing for 2008, and that a postseason appearance is EXPECTED. But let’s quickly look at the players going the other way. Carlos Gomez After Lastings Milledge was […]

07-08 Offseason

Holy S! We Have Johan !

Twins agree to deal Johan Santana to the Mets. Discuss …

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Gomez Gone?

You may have already seen MetsBlog quoting Impacto Deportivo’s report that Carlos Gomez has been told to stop playing winter ball — feeding speculation that he is on his way to Minnesota as part of a deal for Johan Santana. Naturally, I like the idea of the Cy Young Award-winning lefty coming to Flushing. However, […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Wagner: We Are Third

There is a great book by former NFL running back Gale Sayers titled “I Am Third”. Sayers means after God (first) and his family (second). However, Billy Wagner, in an interview with Kevin Burkhardt on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, he states the Mets are third behind the Phillies and Braves. His exact quote, after being […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Four Lefties Off the Table

Player pickups are going full force with spring training just weeks away. In the past week, there were dozens of players signed to minor league contracts — some of which may have been at least mildly interesting to Mets fans. Herewith a quick rundown of arbitrarily chosen transactions. Four Lefties Jeremy Affeldt signs one-year contract […]

07-08 Offseason

Tom Glavine’s Replacement

So the latest rumor — straight from the oft-unreliable Tracy Ringolsby — is that Livan Hernandez is “close” to signing with the Mets. If it’s true, I’m fine with it — Livan is the guy who can replace Tom Glavine’s 200 innings and be a quality postseason performer. Even if the Mets do pull off […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Mets Sign Ricardo Rincon

The Mets signed veteran lefty reliever Ricardo Rincon to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Yes, it happened a few days ago and I’m a little late reporting it, but better late than never. I like this signing, for several reasons. First of all, Rincon can pitch — when healthy — […]

07-08 Offseason

Offseason Talk: Oakland Athletics

While the Oakland A’s mean little to Mets fans — after all, they’re not on the 2008 schedule — it’s hard to be a baseball fan and not notice what’s going on in Oakland. Billy Beane is picking apart the team piece by piece and undergoing a complete overhaul — even youngsters such as Huston […]

07-08 Offseason, Around the Blogs, Hot Stove

Affeldt and Tomko Off the Market

Two more free-agent pitchers have left the market. Lefty Jeremy Affeldt has agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Reds and righty Brett Tomko has signed with the Royals. From my point of view, either of these guys could have been nice fits for the Mets, one or the other stepping into the Aaron Sele […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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Ticket Buying: Ticket Solutions

Thanks to the internet it’s easy to get tickets to sporting events — and often at very good prices. Generally, I limit my purchases to going through Mets.com, but have recently been checking out some of the other online vendors — many of which I would not have known about had they not begun supporting […]

07-08 Offseason

Aaron Heilman: Best Bargain in Baseball

Aaron Heilman avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract for a measly $1.2M. OK, walking away from the fantasy world of MLB and in the reality we all live in, that’s a really sweet salary. For example, I’ll be lucky to make that much money in TEN years, never mind one. But in relation to […]

07-08 Offseason
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Second Base Covered

Finally, the Mets agreed to terms with Jose Valentin, giving him a minor league contract and extending him an invitation to spring training. Thank goodness … after Miguel Cairo signed with the Mariners, there was a very real, very scary possibility of the Mets beginning spring training with only six second basemen (not including Willie […]

07-08 Offseason

Big Prospect Trades By the Mets

With the possibility of the Mets making a 4- or 5-for-1 trade with the Twins for Johan Santana, I thought I’d look back at some of the big trades in the past where the Mets dumped a handful of prospects in return for one MLB player. December 11, 2001 – Mets acquire Roberto Alomar and […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove