Iâ€™m ready to call it quits on the offseason, barring a last minute miracle trade. This Smoltz talk is completely useless in my opinion. Last season Smoltzy started 8 games for the Red Sox, with an ERA of 8.33, leading to his departure from the team. The Cards picked him up, and John pitched better in 7 starts, with an ERA of 4.26, but only averaged 5.4 innings per start.
Smoltz is on the wrong side of 40, as heâ€™ll turn 43 in the second month of the baseball season. His numbers are unlikely to improve much, and Iâ€™m fairly certain that Nieve or Neise can rack up and ERA under 5 and throw more than 5.4 innings per start.
Thereâ€™s no anti-Smoltz sentiment in my thinking. I donâ€™t care that he used to be a Brave, I like John Smoltz. From what Iâ€™ve heard heâ€™s a good person and was an excellent starter (and closer) for several years, and likely a future hall of famer. A few years ago I would have taken Smoltz in a heartbeat, but heâ€™s way past his prime.
Smoltz is only an example of what Omar shouldnâ€™t resort to as free agency slowly grinds to a half over the next few weeks. The Mets are what they are: a team with a few excellent players and a lot of younger players with potential, but whom are also big question marks. And you know what? Iâ€™m okay with that. Is this a first place team? Probably not, but it is a team with potential. I donâ€™t think adding an aging, declining player will get the team over the hump. Whether that be Smoltz or Delgado or Gary Matthews Jr. Iâ€™d rather see the youngins get a chance to prove themselves.
It may be a blessing in disguise; saving money this year. Next offseason will bear a much more fruitful crop of free agents, and the Mets could use some extra cash to spend on them. Again, Iâ€™m not giving up on this season. The team has potential, if a lot of things go right; to make the wild card, but it doesnâ€™t hurt to look ahead to 2011 and years beyond.