Archive: March 6th, 2008

Tigers Want Heilman

Just saw this on Gotham Baseball:

According to a MLB executive familiar with the “talks” (which no one will confirm are actually going on), no deal is going to happen with the Tigers (for Marcus Thames) unless the Mets take Jorge Sosa off the table and put Aaron Heilman on.

The Mets, given the current status of their roster, do not seem willing to trade any healthy players at the current time. Also, Heilman is “not available”, according to one team insider.

Clearly, the Tigers are high on crack. Why would the Mets give up one of the best setup relievers in MLB over the last two and half seasons in return for a fourth (or fifth) outfielder who strikes out 25% of the time?

Detroit can keep Thames around for dust gathering. We’ll look elsewhere, thank you.

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Mets Injury List

Since the list of Mets injuries has become so dynamic, I’m going to keep a running list to the right for everyone’s reference.

If I missed anyone, let me know … it appears there are a few letters from the alphabet missing.

Also, I’ve created a new category called “Mets Injuries” so you can find the updates easily.

Ugh

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Time For Lohse?

Most will agree Kyle Lohse was not worth the four-year, multimillion-dollar contract he was seeking over the winter. In fact, he wasn’t worth a three-year, nor two-year deal, either.

But how about a one-year deal? For somewhere between $4-10M, which is reportedly what he’s seeking at this juncture?

I like what I’ve seen of Mike Pelfrey so far this spring, but he wows us every spring, doesn’t he? And we’re still waiting to see an offspeed pitch from him. Right now, he still has middle-reliever stuff — not enough to get through a lineup more than once.

El Duque is a disaster. This toe thing is not going to get better, and changing his mechanics at this point in his career is a near guarantee of hurting something else. I’ve written him off already.

Now with Jason Vargas having mysterious hip issues (something he caught from Carlos Delgado?), the fifth-starter depth is getting scary. We weren’t counting on anything from Vargas in the early part of the season, but it was nice to know he was available.

The Mets do have Jorge Sosa, but supposedly are shopping him. Maybe he’s off the table now … or maybe not. Despite his early season success last year, I’m not sold on him as a starting pitcher. Like Pelfrey, he throws one speed — and hitters catch up quickly. I do like Sosa in a relief role, but his days as a Met appear to be numbered.

Signing Lohse wouldn’t be such a terrible idea. As a fifth starter, he’d be fine, and would allow Pelfrey to continue developing at AAA and let El Duque vacation until August. If by chance Hernandez or Pelfrey is ready to take over the #5 spot, I think Lohse’s stuff would translate well in a bullpen role — and he’s young enough to make the transition.

Thoughts?

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Hip Hip Not-hooray – Two More Mets Go Down

So I’ve just read that fill-in first baseman Michel Abreu has suffered a hip flexor strain and that lefty pitcher Jason Vargas was sent to Philadelphia for his own mysterious hip injury.

Is this for real or are the newspaper guys playing with us? Could two more Mets possibly be injured? What are the odds?

They say things have to get worse before they get better … have we reached “worse” yet?

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