Obviously the Mets still have pitching uh… concerns.Â With Pineiro and Davis coming off the board, even if you did not want them, it leaves twoÂ less on the market.Â In a two part series first we take a look at who is left in FA.
Sheets:Â Has to be #1 on the list now.Â News out, however, is that it will take a lot to pry him from Texas.Â If we remember, last year he signed with Texas before it was found that he would miss the entire year.Â Only hope there is that Texas was offended by the process.
Garland:Â I would put him as 1B.Â Garland while certainly not as flashy as Sheets gives you certain innings and league average production.Â He had a nice rebound year last year and performed exceptionally well for the Dodgers.
Washburn:Â Kind of the forgotten man.Â He’s not a 200 innings guy but had a great year for the M’s last year before getting traded and injured with the Tigers.
Padilla:Â Loose cannon to say the least.Â We know he will throw at a hitter if needed.Â Padilla also rebounded after a trade to the Dodgers.Â His biggest weakness is that like Maine and Perez he does not go deep in games.
LA Dodgers signed Padilla to a 1/$5 million contract today.
Smoltz:Â The old man is hard to figure out.Â Perhaps the guy who pitched in St. Louis is closer to the real Smoltz.Â Walking into the AL East at age 42 and not at his best health had to be an eye opener.Â He like others rebounded after a trade.Â At this point I only consider him an option to compete for the #5 spot or slide into the pen.
Pedro:Â Not much news on Pedro.Â He is looking for an entire year contract instead of the Clemens plan.Â He pitched well for the Phillies last year, as we all know to well.Â Problem is that he is obviously an injury concern and also did nothing to prove he can give any innings.
Bedard:Â I chose to put him this far down the list only because right now there is no timetable for return.Â It could be as late as July.Â Â The Mets need much more than that.Â If in July they are in the position to take a chance on him, sure.
Wang:Â Wang is interesting but he was not good at all in the innings he did pitch last year and struggled the year before.Â I would take a flyer on him for sure but not as a certain rotation upgrade.
Lowry:Â Same thing here as Wang.Â I used to really want Lowry on the Mets.Â He’s still only 28 and his last year (2007) was certainly good enough.Â If the Mets picked him up as this year’s Garcia I would be impressed but that’s all it can be.
Mulder:Â When healthy this guy is an ace.Â Problem is he has not been healthy since 2005.Â Obviously he would be similar to Lowry in that I would take a chance on a Garcia deal but we got to do much more than that.
Later we will look at names that may be available through trade.