Here’s a look at some Mets news on the web:
- “Back in PSL” by Adam Rubin
“If I didn’t think I’d have gotten in trouble, I would have got here an hour ago,” the always-working Murphy said upon arriving at 8:15 a.m.
- “Ben Sheets Update” by Mike Silva
Sheets may be the Mets to lose if they overpay. I am thinking guaranteed $10 plus incentives. Hard to tell, but itâ€™s clear they want Sheets. After the Beltran fiasco, losing out on Molina, and the grief they are getting from the fans, it wouldnâ€™t surprise me to see Sheets/Smoltz over the next week to ten days.
- “Santana, Maine attending Amazin’ 3-day minicamp” by Mike Puma
The Mets are most interested in seeing Santana, who underwent season-ending surgery last August to remove bone chips in his left elbow. Team officials have received good reports on their ace, but are anxious to get a look in person. The Mets certainly want to avoid a repeat of last spring training, when Santana was shut down early because of elbow soreness.
- “Francouer, Smoltz, and the Mets” by Mike Silva
Â There seems to be enough news, even without this very unsubstantiated rumor, indicating the Mets are interested in Smoltz. I have no problem with them bringing on the 42 year old future Hall of Famer, as long as they manage their expectations. Smoltz will not give them better than league average performance out of the rotation. I would go as far to say that he is no better than the options currently in place. Out of the bullpen, however, Smoltz could be a deadly weapon, and even close on days Francisco Rodriguez is not available.
- “New York Mets might make pitch to ex-Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang” by Anthony McCarron
Â Aside from the Jason Bay move, there hasn’t been much for Mets fans to celebrate. Still, though, I’m excited about the upcoming season. Hopefully everything checks out well for our returning injured players.Â If Omar is able to bring in a combination of Sheets, Wang and Smoltz, it would give the rotation the necessary combination of depth and upside.