“Is Harrang our best option ?”
On Friday it was reported that rubber armed starting pitcher, John Garland had signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. When I heard the news I cringed because I figured he would be a “ perfect fit” for the upcoming seasons starting rotation for the Mets. But as the old saying goes ” nothing in life is guaranteed ” and so the as of now the Mets sans a healthy Johan Santana ( If he even pitches at all this season) is a patchwork of if’s ands and maybes.
If opening Day started tomorrow, the rotation would probably look like this
2. R.A Dickey
4. Dillon Gee
5. Jennry Mejia, Oliver Perez or Pat Misch
In other words with the exception of Pelfrey , Dickey and Neise , the rotation doesn’t look that intimidating. I am hoping that by the time Spring Training ends , Oliver Perez will no longer be wearing a Mets uniform, and I still think that Mejia needs at the very lease half a season at AAA Buffalo. I expect John Maine to be non tendered – which is sad because he had such a promising career , but unfortunately he is not the same pitcher he once was.
We all know that Sandy Alderson will delve into the free agent market, but we have already been programmed to understand that Cliff Lee is not a option, neither is Jose Dela Rosa. We will have to make do with either second or third tier talent and hope to catch lightening in a bottle as we did with Dickey last season. Or it might be possible that Alderson may be able to swing a deal for pitching.
Below is the list of pitchers that have yet to be signed , as per MLBTR.com. The include :
Brian Bannister (30)
Erik Bedard (32)
Jeremy Bonderman (28)
Dave Bush (31)
Bruce Chen (34)
Kevin Correia (30) – Type B, offered arb
Doug Davis (35)
Jorge De La Rosa (30) – Type A, offered arb
Justin Duchscherer (33)
Jeff Francis (29)
Freddy Garcia (35)
Rich Harden (29)
Aaron Harang (33)
Cliff Lee (32) – Type A, offered arb
Braden Looper (36)
Pedro Martinez (39)
Rodrigo Lopez (35)
Kevin Millwood (36) – Type B, not offered arb
Brian Moehler (39)
Jamie Moyer (48)
Scott Olsen (27)
Vicente Padilla (33) – Type B, not offered arb
Carl Pavano (35) – Type A, offered arb
Brad Penny (33)
Andy Pettitte (39) – Type A, not offered arb
Nate Robertson (33)
Ian Snell (29)
Jeff Suppan (36)
Hisanori Takahashi (36)
Javier Vazquez (34) – Type B, offered arb
Jarrod Washburn (36)
Brandon Webb (32)
Todd Wellemeyer (32)
Chris Young (32)
Of this list there are only five low cost options that I find interesting. They are the injury prone- but as strong a starter when healthy, Brad Penny. The erratic Vincente Padilla. The enimatic Aaron Harrang and Brandon Webb who is a low risk / high reward pitcher if we could sign him to a reasonably low cost contract.
All I know is that there are still four months until pitchers and catchers- which is plenty of time to get this roster assembled. I just hope that our starting pitching can be as strong as it was for much of last season so that it can carry this team to a above .500 record.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today are:
Today would have been the 88th birthday for Mets coach Wes Westrum (1922) . He was the second manager in Mets history , and he is probably best known for his quote after a hard fought game ” It was a real cliff dweller !”
Pitcher, Pedro ” The Mule”Astacio is 41 (1969) . Astacio was one of the few bright spots from the ’02 season, going 12-11 with a E.R.A of 4.79. But injuries limited him to seven games the next season and the Mets promptly released him.
Spot starter from the ’04 season, José Parra is 38 (1972) .
I wish I could use the term sadly on this date in 1998 that M. Donald Grant passed away.I am sorry but I hold undying spite for the man and what he did to the Mets during the end of his tenure as their President.
New York Mets traded outfielder Gus Bell to the Milwaukee Braves for outfielder/ first baseman, Frank Thomas on November 28, 1961. Gus would later be re-acquired by the Mets in time to participate in their inaugural season.
Mets drafted outfielder, Amos Otis from the Boston Red Sox on November 28, 1966. Read my column from yesterday about my thoughts on Otis.
New York Mets traded pitchers, Juan Castillo and Todd Beckerman to the Houston Astros for pitcher, Pete Harnisch on November 28, 1994. Harnisch – when he wasn’t injured ( or fighting Lyme’s Disease) was a very good pitcher. Unfortunately he and then manager Bobby Valentine clashed and Harnisch was soon traded to the Reds.
New York Mets purchased reliever, Brian Stokes from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on November 28, 2007. He would be traded last off season to the California Angels for Garry Matthews Jr. He struggled with the Angels, but I thought at the time – as I still do today that he was a key member of the bullpen.
And don’t forget while you are relaxing watching the N.F.L today, there are just 124 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 131 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn and Refriderator Perry have formed a tag team for the WWE . They are to be called the Rump and Roast !!